Members of the armed forces can feel isolated while deployed overseas in challenging and often dangerous conditions. Mail Call gives these men and women access to the world they have temporarily left behind. Receiving mail connects them to loved ones and enables them to learn about and participate in events occurring at home.
Starts: November 19, 2016 Ends: January 15, 2017
One sack of V-Mail film equaled 37 bags of ordinary letters.Courtesy National Archives
Corporal Erica Lila, delivering mail to service members in Afghanistan, 2010. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Corporal Eugenio Montanez
Private First Class Dwight Exe writes a letter home from the Korean front, 1951.Courtesy National Archive
Mail Call explores how the military postal system works and why the mail is an important resource. Types of mail, transportation methods, and postal workers have all changed over time. Through innovations in technology and organization, mail has become more diverse and military mail services more reliable.
Mail Call is a National Postal Museum organized and circulated by the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition Service.