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Episode 9: Wartime Correspondence

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Episode 9 Show Notes

This episode of Mail Call brings to life some wartime correspondence. Letters provide an intimate perspective of the lives of soldiers and their families. In particular, the following selections highlight the day-to-day experiences of ordinary soldiers and officers.

Selections from Edward D. Forman postcard collection, 1918

Letter, To: "Miss E. V. Glanville" From: Arthur Evanson Glanville, August 15, 1918.

Copy, Typescript, Memo: "War Office Scheme For Sending to Officers, Prisoners of War in Germany," [n.d.].

Typescript, Letter, To: "Dear Madam" From: Lady Henrietta MacDonnell, President, October 29, 1918.

Letter, To: "Dear Ma" From: Joseph Canfield, November 7, 1918.

Letter, To: Frank Canfield From: C. R. Whipple, January 15, 1919.

Letter, To: Olive Seager From: Edwin E. Seager, March 11, 1919.

Letter, From: "Mama" To: Edwin E. Seager, March 24, 1919.

Manuscript Journals of Frank R. Steed US soldier in WWI France, 1918-1919
v. 1:
throughout scrapbooks: various postcards
p. 77: “Appreciation of Military Services” (Smith), June 16, 1919
p. 78: Thank you letter (Prout), September 5, 1919

Manuscript Journals of Frank R. Steed US soldier in WWI France, 1918-1919
v. 2:
p. 89: Virginia Dee Sappington to General Pershing, February 24, 1919

Greek Meets Greek
p. 143: Virginia Dee Sappington to Sgt. J.R. Buchanan, February 24, 1919
p. 181: Sgt. J.R. Buchanan to Virginia Dee Sappington, June 23, 1919


That concludes this episode of Mail Call. Historical documents for this episode were accessed through the digital collections of the Digital Library@Villanova University and the Internet Archive. The theme music is from "Til We Meet Again" as performed by Nicholas Orlando's Orchestra. The Mail Call podcast is a project of Home Before the Leaves Fall: a Great War Centennial Exposition. For more information, visit

This episode featured the voice talents of Laura Bang, Jesse Flavin, Michael Foight, Chris Hallberg, Demian Katz, Rob LeBlanc, Ruth Martin, Amanda McCollum, Geoff Scholl, David Uspal, and Sarah Wingo.

Narrator: Chris Hallberg

Editor: Gabriella Bernocco

Producer: Chris Hallberg

Executive Producer: Laura Bang


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