Thursday, March 3, 2011
Many people will have had bad experiences with postal delivery in the past, but it's unlikely any of us will ever have to wait as long for a letter as one American lady has.
A World War II-era letter addressed to a woman at a Red Cross hospital in California has been delivered 66 years after was sent in Alabama.
The letter, postmarked August 9, 1944, only arrived last month, on February 16.
It is addressed to Miss R.T. Fletcher, American Red Cross Station Hospital, Camp Roberts, California. The woman has yet to be traced.
The letter took such a long time to arrive that Camp Roberts has long since closed, in 1970, so the letter was delivered to the Camp Roberts Historical Museum.
Curator Gary McMaster says he hasn't opened the letter for privacy reasons, and so the mystery surrounding it remains.
The envelope is torn where the return address would be located, so it's not clear who sent it.
But the tear reveals a handwritten letter inside.
The postal service has insisted that there is no way it could have been in the system for that long, and believes it was stored away in a house for many years before being recently posted.
'If it were three years ago, I would think it could have been in a tray or a sack or something, but that's just not possible,' Joseph Breckenridge, a postal service spokesman in Atlanta, told USA Today.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1362478/Letter-arrives-66-years-posted-WWII-California.html#ixzz1FZYjY25Q