Army & Navy - MORALE: Scarlet Scourge

The patience of Army postal officers was at an end. They issued a stern edict: after St. Valentine's Day, imprints of lipstick will no longer be tolerated on Vmail.

Explained Major Kenneth H. Donnelly, postal officer of the Sixth Service Command: lipstick smears when it passes through V-mail photographic equipment, ruins the letter that bears it, and others that follow. The automatic feeder must be stopped and cleaned after every passing of "the scourge."

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