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Christmas card arrives 93 years late

Postby Metroid » Tue Dec 18, 2007 11:38 am

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OBERLIN, Kan. - A postcard featuring a color drawing of Santa Claus and a young girl was mailed in 1914, but its journey was slower than Christmas. It just arrived in northwest Kansas.
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The Christmas card was dated Dec. 23, 1914, and mailed to Ethel Martin of Oberlin, apparently from her cousins in Alma, Neb.

It's a mystery where it spent most of the last century, Oberlin Postmaster Steve Schultz said. "It's surprising that it never got thrown away," he said. "How someone found it, I don't know."

Ethel Martin is deceased, but Schultz said the post office wanted to get the card to a relative.

That's how the 93-year-old relic ended up with Bernice Martin, Ethel's sister-in-law. She said she believed the card had been found somewhere in Illinois.

"That's all we know," she said. "But it is kind of curious. We'd like to know how it got down there."

The card was placed inside another envelope with modern postage for the trip to Oberlin — the one-cent postage of the early 20th century wouldn't have covered it, Martin said.

"We don't know much about it," she said. "But wherever they kept it, it was in perfect shape."
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Re: Christmas card arrives 93 years late

Postby treat24 » Tue Dec 18, 2007 11:41 am

cute, would love to know more about the story... I need more closure!
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Re: Christmas card arrives 93 years late

Postby Metroid » Tue Dec 18, 2007 11:46 am

Heres a link to the story on Yahoo with a video link. ;-D

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071215/ap_ ... _lost_card
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Re: Christmas card arrives 93 years late

Postby Metroid » Tue Dec 18, 2007 11:47 am

Metroid wrote:Heres a link to the story on Yahoo with a video link. ;-D

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071215/ap_ ... _lost_card


Doesn't say much else but does show show pics of the card.
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Re: Christmas card arrives 93 years late

Postby treat24 » Tue Dec 18, 2007 12:05 pm

Metroid wrote:
Metroid wrote:Heres a link to the story on Yahoo with a video link. ;-D

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071215/ap_ ... _lost_card


Doesn't say much else but does show show pics of the card.


ok... then you should just travel to Kansas and get an update for me. :-b
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Re: Christmas card arrives 93 years late

Postby scottaa1 » Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:10 pm

so if ya accidentally get someone else's birthday/holiday/whatever card in the mail, do you return it, or open it in hopes of finding money inside? Hey, if it came to your mailbox, finders keepers! :-)
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Re: Christmas card arrives 93 years late

Postby Omaha Red Sox » Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:40 pm

Alma, Neb.


That is a tiny town I have to drive through to get to my wife's in-laws. The highway runs right through the town and they expect you to slow down from 65 to 35 for less than a block. :-°

EDIT - scratch that. It's Alvo, NE. :-B
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Re: Christmas card arrives 93 years late

Postby Madison » Tue Dec 18, 2007 2:41 pm

scottaa1 wrote:so if ya accidentally get someone else's birthday/holiday/whatever card in the mail, do you return it, or open it in hopes of finding money inside? Hey, if it came to your mailbox, finders keepers! :-)



I put it in a mailbox at the post office. Opening someone else's mail is a federal offense and I don't think I'd like jail too much. :-b
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Re: Christmas card arrives 93 years late

Postby Metroid » Tue Dec 18, 2007 2:48 pm

treat24 wrote:
Metroid wrote:
Metroid wrote:Heres a link to the story on Yahoo with a video link. ;-D

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071215/ap_ ... _lost_card


Doesn't say much else but does show show pics of the card.


ok... then you should just travel to Kansas and get an update for me. :-b

I just got back and they didn't have much else to say in Kansas either...I'm not really all that surprised. :-b
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Re: Christmas card arrives 93 years late

Postby scottaa1 » Tue Dec 18, 2007 2:48 pm

Madison wrote:
scottaa1 wrote:so if ya accidentally get someone else's birthday/holiday/whatever card in the mail, do you return it, or open it in hopes of finding money inside? Hey, if it came to your mailbox, finders keepers! :-)



I put it in a mailbox at the post office. Opening someone else's mail is a federal offense and I don't think I'd like jail too much. :-b


But how am I supposed to lift identities if I don't steal mail? Huh? :-D
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