A black and white photograph of a woman at Kodak Australasia in Abbotsford, holding a reel of microfilm containing letters written by American soldiers during World War II.
V-Mail involved the shrinking of letters onto microfilm before being flown to their destination, and then enlarged and printed out at the other end before delivery. The light-weight nature of V-Mail letters allowed space to be saved on aircraft for other supplies, and also reduced the travel time for the letters during the war. V-Mail began to be used by the United States military, in partnership with Eastman Kodak Company, in 1942. Kodak Australasia Pty Ltd became involved in the process when American personnel stationed in Australia began to receive and send mail in this format.
This object is part of the Kodak collection of products, promotional materials, photographs and working life artefacts collected from Kodak Australasia in 2005, when the Melbourne manufacturing plant at Coburg closed down.
Kodak manufactured and distributed a wide range of photographic products to Australasia, such as film, paper, chemicals, cameras and miscellaneous equipment. Its client base included amateur and professional photographers, as well as specialist medical and graphic art professionals who used photography, x-ray and other imaging techniques.
Description of Content
A woman is standing with a letter in her left hand and a black reel of microfilm in her right hand. In the background are two closed cupboard doors and a door opened into another room.
Black and white, portrait photgraph, mounted on grey cardboard album page.
Donation from Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Ms. Kate Metcalf - Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, 2005
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Photograph, Black & White
In letter in woman's hand: 'MR JOHN SMITH / KODAK', and 'JULY 1ST, 1942.' (Most of the letter is indecipherable due to print size)
Type of item
63 mm (Width), 72 mm (Height)