Last Modified: March 24, 2004

World War II Airgraphs

by

Jerome V. V. Kasper


During World War II, the Airgraph was developed to enable soldiers in the field to communicate more quickly and reliably with their family and friends at home. The sender would write their message on the message side of the form and submit it for processing. The form would be processed and a microfilm image created. A film strip with up to 10,000 airgraphs would then be sent via air to its destination. In the event the strip were lost, another would be copied from the original. Once received, reduced size (about half-size) prints would be made and these sent to their destination in cover envelopes.

Sometimes the service would be unavailable and the original forms would be sent to the addressee. Such mailed forms are thus a form of aerogramme or airletter.

Here shown are various examples of World War II Airgraph forms. These are not arranged to tell a story, but simply to show what they are to interested viewers. Enjoy.....

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