Lately the postal service has been getting some flack for running a bit on the slow side, but this is really, really slow. About 100 years later slow.

Brittany Keech, of Belding, Michigan, went to her mailbox recently to gather her mail and found one very interesting delivery. She received a postcard, but not any postcard, one postmark of October 29th, 1920!

Keech described the postcard as Halloween themed, “It shows a witch with a cat and and a goose and an owl and says, ‘Halloween greetings. Which would you rather be? A goose or a pumpkin head?’" It features aGeorge Washington one-cent stamp in the corner, and is postmarked Jamestown.

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It appears the card was originally intended for Roy McQueen on Division Street. It appears it was from a family member, maybe a cousin, named Flossie Burgess. The note reads;

Dear Cousins,

Hope this will find you all well. We are quite well but mother has awful lame knees. It is awful cold here. I just finished my history lesson and am going to bed pretty soon. My father is shaving and my mother is telling me your address. I will have to close for a night. Hope grandma and grandpa are well. Don’t forget to write us - Roy get his pants fixed yet.

Flossie Burgess

Keech is now on a mission to find the family of the original intended recipient, or even the sender. She took to social media posting the postcard on Facebook in hopes someone might know the family. “This might be something that their parents can say, ‘yea I remember when your great-great grandma would tell me stories,'" she told Fox17 News.

Photo: Facebook
Photo: Facebook

As for the post office and their "snail mail" delivery, they noted it does happen time from time that a letter does get lost, then rediscovered.  They told Fox17 News, “In most cases these incidents do not involve mail that had been lost in our network and later found. What we typically find is that old letters and postcards – sometimes purchased at flea markets, antique shops and even online – are re-entered into our system. The end result is what we do best – as long as there is a deliverable address and postage, the card or letter gets delivered.”


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