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A postcard has been delivered by Britain’s Royal Mail 79 years after it was sent.

The picture postcard was sent in 1929 from Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, and intended for Mr and Mrs Richardson in East Dulwich, London.
However it was not delivered until a week ago when it finally dropped through the letter box of Arthur Davies and June Nicolopoulos after a delay of nearly eight decades.

Mr Davies, 59, a construction manager, said: “I’ve heard of delays but this takes some beating – I reckon it’s been under a skirting board at a Royal Mail building all this time.

”It’s amazing that Royal Mail even delivered it at all after all these years."

The postcard arrived inside a Royal Mail envelope with a sticker reading, “we are sorry that this item has been damaged/delayed in the post”.
From an article on The West Australian, click to continue reading.

Wow! What a great journey this postcard has had! I wonder where that postcard had been hiding… :)
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14 comments so far

AllSerene, United Kingdom
Brilliant! It means that we needn't give up hope that even the oldest of our expired cards may finally arrive at their destinations.
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gailT, United States of America
whoa. wouldn't it be even awesome to find the senders or the recipients? i have hope that my expired card will eventually arrive. would postcrossing still be going strong after 79 years?
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geminiscp, Portugal
: ) Great knews! Congratulations to British mail service, this shows a very professional attitude. Better later than never! : )
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naturegirl, Estonia
WOW! My longest postcard journey took 70 days to arrive and I thought THAT was too much! :P Be patient, postcrossers! ;)
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Logicon, United States of America
I think the 60 Days-until-expiration limit might have to be lengthened just a bit. :P
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glashelder, Belgium
Heh, and here I am worrying about a postcards 25 days (and counting) journey to Poland!
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JEM, United States of America
but the addressee wasn't the one who got the card...if it wasn't for the notation about sorry for the delay, I would suspect someone had been hanging on to it elsewhere and then decided to 'deliver' it
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JEM, United States of America
but the addressee wasn't the one who got the card...if it wasn't for the notation about sorry for the delay, I would suspect someone had been hanging on to it elsewhere and then decided to 'deliver' it
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LucyO_O, China
I think as long as the Internet and Postal Service still exist in 80 years, PC is sure to be stronger. haha~
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susi1662, United States of America
that is amazing! I wonder what the actual recipients thought when they recieved the card? It's sure to be a keeper! Maybe the family of the original would have been recipients will someday hear about this, and be able to see and read it!
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bridgemaster, United Kingdom
Good News everyone snail mail has just got quicker!! I recently received a postcard in one day!! True it was only over 39 miles so can I claim a Postcrossing record for shortest distance & quickest time?
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SplashTheLab, United States of America
I once got an "overnight" envelope, sent US Mail, total distance about 350 miles. It took over 8 months to arrive. And there wasn't any apologetic sticker, either!
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snowhite27, United States of America
Oh My Gawd!!! That is an amazing story. I can't believe they actually delivered it. I wonder if the sending or receiving party is still alive or if they were ever contacted? I wonder what they would say? Hmmmm........
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Shosh, United States of America
Wow, talk about some delay!
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