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Mail Call Kit

Regular Mail - This is our unit's mail call kit page. On this page you will find a collection of ready-to-use PDF printouts which you can print and quickly make yourself a nice set of authentic World War II era envelopes in no time at all. These are real envelopes made from scanned originals and converted into cut-n-fold templates which can be used by anyone wanting to stage their own unit's mail call. You will enjoy the rich look and different types of U.S Postage Stamps during the war years that appear on these envelopes together with the post office meter stamp.

The best way to assemble these is to cut them up and then using a glue runner tool to quickly assemble them up without the sticky mess of glue sticks or scotch tape. Use a Adtech Dot Glue Runner, which you can pick up at any Walmart in the scrapbook section, or any other office supply store. Also as you cut out the envelope cut them slightly inside the guidelines so that they don't show up after you assemble your envelope.

To add a touch of appeal and authenticity get yourself a fountain pen and some vintage brand bottled ink like Quink or cartridge ink, and hand write out your letters. Include real vintage photographs of made up girlfriends, wives or other family members or friends from back home. You are also going to want to know your unit's APO Number in order to properly address your envelopes and V-Mails.

V-Mails - For those wanting to make v-mails, there is a real nice simple flash based program which makes authentic looking v-mail letters that a soldier would receive, there are three choices of writing styles. They are cursive, printing, and typewriter. This download contains two templates for the envelopes, and the three individual flash programs to make the small v-mail letter that goes into the envelopes. There is also an short "how to use" file. This was developed by Michael Strohlein. There is also a V-Mail Envelope template contained in our series of download PDF's below.

Letter Writing - Having great looking envelopes is only part of the process. And just like everyone trys to make their impression top notch, your mail call should also be. So if you plan on dating your correspondence you should be using the correct day of the week for the date you have chosen to write your letter. Here is a nice website which gives you World War II dated calendars:

1943 Calendar - 1944 Calendar - 1945 Calendar

Next comes the actual content of your letters and v-mails. First off it is not necessary to make up letters from scratch or having people trying to write in the present the way it would have been done over sixty years ago. No, rather there are many internet sites which contain, not only the original letters by the text as well. You can purchase off ebay original letters as well. Remember you are looking for letter written to the soldier. To get you started here are several sites which have plenty of letters to pick from:

The Letters of Private Art

Letters from World War II Online

1,000 Love Letters from Jill and Al

To help make it more authentic all around, find out who is single and who is married in your unit. Also find out the names of the girlfriends or wives, so you can properly address the letters to an appropriate person.

Addressing your mail - When it comes down to addressing your mail this is the standard way it was done:

Rank - Name - ASN

Company - Regiment

APO #34 c/o Postmaster

City, State