WASHINGTON, June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
THURSDAY, JUNE 17: V-MAIL
Profile America — Thursday, June 17th. One of the biggest advances in bolstering the morale of the nation's armed forces has been the ability to send and receive electronic mail at sea, and in such remote areas as Afghanistan. While today it's e-mail, in World War II, it was V-Mail, short for Victory Mail. The idea was to microfilm regular letters sent to GI's overseas, to save room for shipping war materiel. At their destination, they were blown up to a larger size. The first V-Mail was sent this week in 1942. Today, even though Americans increasingly rely on e-mail, the postal service still delivers more than 200 billion cards, letters, catalogs and magazines each year. That works out to two pieces of mail each day for every man, woman and child in the nation. Profile America is in its 14th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: National Postal Museum
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 1090
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau