This is an envelope only, with no letter inside. Presumably the contents have been removed by the original recipient and lost to time.
This piece of mail was sent to the U.S. by a deployed soldier during World War I. A large piece of tape marked "Opened by Censor" has been applied.
Postal censorship was the practice of opening mail by military personnel and postal workers to protect sensitive information from falling into enemy hands. Letters from enlisted soldiers were typically censored by the officers of their unit. Officers censored letters with black markers or pens to black out anything that could potentially be helpful to an enemy. If large enough sections were to be censored, the letters were confiscated. Any information that was considered valuable such as strategies, locations, description of casualties, or evidence of low morale could be redacted. Less commonly, letters were censored or confiscated for “moral reasons.” Soldiers were rarely returned any confiscated letters, and oftentimes had no way of knowing if they had gotten through.
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