The Scarlet Scourge is a name that derives from War World II. In order to maximize the abundance of letters being shipped to the men and women fighting overseas, the U.S. Postal Service invented V-Mail (V standing for victory). Machines were used to transcribe hand written letters onto microfilm to reduce the size of hand written letters. As creative and progressive as this idea was, it’s execution was not. On various occasions, womens’ lipstick marks from the original letters would gum up the scanning machines, causing havoc and delaying shipments. Sometimes V-Mail would take up to 6 weeks to get to their destination and by then it was already too late. This was the result of a “Loving Kiss.” This is known as The Scarlet Scourge.