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Letter Sent in 1956 Finally Reaches Destination
NBC Washington ^ | Friday, Mar 9, 2012

Posted on 03/09/2012 8:57:01 PM PST by nickcarraway

Mail sent before finder's parents were born

People complain about the mail being slow, but this is ridulous.

High school student Lauren Seely found a strange-looking envelope in her family's mailbox -- strange-looking because, according to its postmark, it was sent off in 1956.

In case you're wondering, that's 10 years before her parents were born.

"I am not certain why it showed up yesterday or where it has been since 1956, but it was pretty cool," Seely said.

The envelope was addressed to Mr. Henry J. Leicnbach at the Seely family's Tilden Street NW address. It had a whopping five cents' worth of postage on it, one stamp worth three cents and another worth two. A standard stamp in 1956 cost three cents.

The family opened the envelope. Inside was a second-quarter bulletin of the National Railway Historical Association in Allentown, Penn.

We found nothing on Henry J. Leicnbach, but we did notice a 1975 book by a Henry J. Leinbach titled "El Paso Electric Company, Transportation Division: A Tentative History" and published by the Electric Railroaders' Association.

We couldn't find one of those, but we did locate the website for the National Railway Historical Society, which was founded in 1935. It now has a Philadelpia address.

Was Leicnbach... or Leinbach... a previous resident of the Seelys' home? It's unclear -- property records for the address are only showing the Seely family.

"The envelope wasn't even messed up," Kelli Seely, Lauren's mom, told us. "It's amazing -- so weird."


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1 posted on 03/09/2012 8:57:05 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Bunch of whiners. Govt' works great. They got the letter after all. What more do they want? This is cutting edge tech after all.


2 posted on 03/09/2012 9:03:14 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: muawiyah

Ahem.


3 posted on 03/09/2012 9:03:26 PM PST by Lazamataz (I'm a slut.)
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To: nickcarraway

That’s why the postage rates keep going up.
To pay for the storage..... lol


4 posted on 03/09/2012 9:06:05 PM PST by RickGee
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To: nickcarraway

The Feds will be showing up much more promptly to arrest them for opening up someone else’s mail!


5 posted on 03/09/2012 9:09:26 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: nickcarraway

Maybe it was in the mailbox all the while, but it was invisible because it was in an alternate universe.

But then the solar storm this week shifted it into our universe.

Well, it’s an idea.


6 posted on 03/09/2012 9:26:57 PM PST by Age of Reason
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To: nickcarraway

Who the hell are they to open it?

Mail sent to your address is NOT yours unless it has your name on it. (Or occupant, etc. of course)

And yes, I am serious. I wouldn’t have opened it even if it is 55 years old.


7 posted on 03/09/2012 9:28:48 PM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: Nik Naym

“And yes, I am serious. I wouldn’t have opened it even if it is 55 years old.”

Have you ever “walk(ed) on the grass”?

Or removed a warning label from a mattress?


8 posted on 03/09/2012 9:35:10 PM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: nickcarraway

In the same pouch as my Jury summons and subsequent death threats to reply to Jury duty.


9 posted on 03/09/2012 9:37:47 PM PST by NoLibZone (Liberal concern for womens rights is fake. I submit their love of Bill Maher as proof.)
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To: PetroniusMaximus

“Have you ever “walk(ed) on the grass”?

Or removed a warning label from a mattress?”

What does that have to do with it?

The letter belonged to the person who sent it or his heirs or the person to whom it was addressed or his heirs.

What business of mine would it be to open it? It is about respecting people’s privacy, and property rights.


10 posted on 03/09/2012 10:26:31 PM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

“Neither Rain, Nor Sleet, Nor 56 Years...”


11 posted on 03/09/2012 10:27:46 PM PST by gigster (Cogito, Ergo, Ronaldus Magnus Conservatus)
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To: nickcarraway

Did the Postman ask for postage due at current rates???


12 posted on 03/09/2012 11:33:09 PM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: nickcarraway

In related news, the Large Hadron Collider has been closed indefinitely for what CERN management would only describe as “routine maintenance.”


13 posted on 03/10/2012 12:52:40 AM PST by TChad
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To: nickcarraway

“The system worked.”


14 posted on 03/10/2012 12:57:19 AM PST by scott7278 ("...I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked..." - BHO)
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To: nickcarraway

15 posted on 03/10/2012 1:41:28 AM PST by Dumpster Baby (Truth is called hate by those who hate the truth.)
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To: PetroniusMaximus
Have you ever “walk(ed) on the grass”?

Or removed a warning label from a mattress?

I once taped a baseball game without the expressed written consent of the Commissioner of Baseball.

16 posted on 03/10/2012 2:10:15 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: nickcarraway

Several years ago, I dropped off a sports coat at the dry cleaners. Time went on, years went by, I moved away and forgot all about the coat. Well, about 8 years later, I was rummaging through some papers and I found the ticket for the coat. The cleaners was about 45 minutes away and I had a free afternoon, so I decided to drive over there and see if they still had it. When I got there, I gave the clerk the ticket, he walked in back, came out about two minutes later and said, “It’ll be ready Tuesday.”


17 posted on 03/10/2012 2:46:20 AM PST by Krankor (eenie meenie, chili beanie, the spirits are about to speak.)
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To: nnn0jeh

Ping


18 posted on 03/10/2012 3:04:00 AM PST by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: nickcarraway

There are lots of embassys on that street and large expensive homes so I doubt there is much neighborly contact in that area. I bet a neighbor found it an attic and just threw it in the mailbox rather than knock on the door and give it in person.


19 posted on 03/10/2012 3:25:51 AM PST by KillTime (Democracies that can't distinguish between good and evil or deny any difference shall surely perish.)
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To: GreenHornet

“I once taped a baseball game without the expressed written consent of the Commissioner of Baseball.”

Did you at least have “Implied Oral Consent”?


20 posted on 03/10/2012 3:36:59 AM PST by MrNeutron1962
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To: nickcarraway

Well, my mail carrier routinely loses my mail and I’m not kidding. He’s a little Korean guy with a very bad attitude. I’m pretty sure he hates the job. He also never shows up when it’s raining. I live at the end of a long culdesac so I guess he just doesn’t feel like making the walk. I’ve also found mail lying in the street on the sidewalk and in the gutter a few times. I guess it just falls out of his bag he’s so careless. I’ve complained to the local postmaster and he just kind of yawns and nothing changes.

One time he delivered a check to the wrong street with the same number as mine. I finally had the check cancelled and a few days later the guy who lived there was kind enough to bring my letter with the check to my house. Even though I already cancelled it at least I knew what happened to it thanks to him.

This has been going on for years now. What I’m saying is this carrier cares nothing about the mail or his job. He’s like the mailman from hell. Anytime something important is expected in the mail it’s like an adventure. Right now I’ve been waiting for my tags from DMV, they are a month and a half late and I’m driving with expired tags. I HATE my mail service and it’s caused me lots of problems over the years all because of this same carrier.

Yeah, so I can see them taking 55 years to deliver a letter. I really can. Maybe it’s this guy’s Dad that finally got around to delivering it?


21 posted on 03/10/2012 3:51:30 AM PST by Bullish
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To: Bullish
Years back our carrier used to deliver all his non-deliverable/un-deliverables to me just in case I knew who those people were.

At that time we had people from 35 different countries in the neighborhood.

If you ever saw "The History of White People" you'd recognize that the Indian fellow who tells the newcomers "Welcome to the neighborhood" is providing a supplemental mail delivery service ~ complete with cow.

Some of these things are simply true.

22 posted on 03/10/2012 4:54:08 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Krankor

Old, but a good one. Thanks for the laugh.


23 posted on 03/10/2012 6:51:05 AM PST by OldPossum (ou)
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To: Nik Naym

“It is about respecting people’s privacy, and property rights.”

So the historian and the archeologist are unethical?


24 posted on 03/10/2012 9:08:22 AM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Bullish
...this carrier cares nothing about the mail or his job. He’s like the mailman from hell.

Good luck tryin' to do anything about it...they got a union, y'know?

25 posted on 03/10/2012 11:29:13 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed
Good luck tryin' to do anything about it...they got a union, y'know?

Exactly! I've given up trying to straighten it out with the carrier or the post office. They don't care, in fact, they don't give a rats ass that we don't get our mail. And the smug little creep always has an air of unfriendliness and arrogance. He knows he can do the job any way he wants because of his union status and nothing ever happens to him because of his incompetence. It's really infuriating.

By the way, we don't live out in the country where our house is hard to get to or anything like that. We're right smack in the suburbs but my house is on the end of the street. There's no reason other than laziness on his part that keeps me from getting decent mail service.

Sheesh! Obviously this is a subject I need to vent about cause it's a constant piss off for us.

26 posted on 03/10/2012 12:12:52 PM PST by Bullish
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To: PetroniusMaximus

“So the historian and the archeologist are unethical?”

You are comparing 55 year old mail with archeology?

And saying this has anything to do with historians is a big stretch.

Historians and archaeologists do not break in to other people’s attics and start nosing around their family heirlooms. Opening someone’s old mail is much the same thing.

You are just looking for an argument for the sake of an argument. You have no point to make.

Go find someone else to play with as I am already bored by your silly attempt at relevancy.


27 posted on 03/10/2012 4:01:10 PM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: Bullish

Get a PI take some pictures and show him you know where his kids go to school.

Service might improve.


28 posted on 03/10/2012 5:42:24 PM PST by Eaker (Remember, the enemy tends to wise up at the least convenient moments.)
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To: Nik Naym

“Go find someone else to play with as I am already bored by your silly attempt at relevancy.”

Thank you for providing us a shining example of someone who take’s themselves way to seriously.


29 posted on 03/10/2012 7:16:37 PM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Bullish
My checks I ordered were taking way, way too long to come so I finally called the bank, canceled them and ordered a new box which took the normal amount of time to show up, I thought. Without thinking I started to write all kinds of checks because I needed to since I hadn't had a check book in a while. It didn't occur to me that the checks I finally received were the first missing box which I had canceled, so all the checks I wrote bounced. What a mess. Many were very nice and helped me out with the bounced charge, but one was very nasty. Haven't gone back to them since (and they had a nasty fire that burned down their building that I assure you I didn't start).

Also, I had bills I sent and thought were payed that never got to the places that they were suppose to get to, so I finally started to pay over the net. Just don't trust the Post Office too much after they got me in trouble more than once.

30 posted on 03/18/2012 12:42:34 AM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: Age of Reason
Maybe it was in the mailbox all the while, but it was invisible because it was in an alternate universe.

But then the solar storm this week shifted it into our universe.

Well, it’s an idea.

I thought something similar, or maybe a time glitch of some kind, which I personally think can possibly happen. The tell would be if the envelope and letter therein seem completely fresh or are they yellowish or maybe slightly old smelling? It would be interesting to know.

31 posted on 03/18/2012 12:48:55 AM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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