Uncovered “Love Letter Recordings” from World War II Vets

Pepsi-Cola World War II: Your Man in Service Records


During World War II, Pepsi-Cola set up recording booths around the U.S. so that service members could send messages home to their loved ones. Oscar Spaly recorded this loving note to his wife while he was stationed in Mississippi.

Hear his sons talk about what it meant to their mom to hear his voice while he was away and what his service meant to the family.

Pepsi-Cola Company operated three canteens or centers around the country: one in New York City’s Times Square, one in Washington, DC and one in San Francisco, CA.

The centers provided shaves, showers, checking, a lounge, and reading and writing facilities, all at no cost to service men and women. They also offered a low cost sandwich bar with free Pepsi and a central place to leave and receive messages. Pepsi-Cola branded records were sent in the mail to the servicemen’s family in hopes of giving them comfort while their loved one was at war.

Oscar Spaly was a Czechoslovakian immigrant who arrived in the United States in 1922. He enlisted in the army during the late stages of World War II after finally gaining his citizenship. His family had the record from their dad to their mom restored.

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