Skip to comments.Letter Sent in 1956 Finally Reaches Destination
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."
That’s why the postage rates keep going up.
To pay for the storage..... lol
The Feds will be showing up much more promptly to arrest them for opening up someone else’s mail!
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.
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.
“And yes, I am serious. I wouldnt 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?
In the same pouch as my Jury summons and subsequent death threats to reply to Jury duty.
“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.
“Neither Rain, Nor Sleet, Nor 56 Years...”
Did the Postman ask for postage due at current rates???
In related news, the Large Hadron Collider has been closed indefinitely for what CERN management would only describe as “routine maintenance.”
“The system worked.”
Or removed a warning label from a mattress?
I once taped a baseball game without the expressed written consent of the Commissioner of Baseball.
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.”
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.
“I once taped a baseball game without the expressed written consent of the Commissioner of Baseball.”
Did you at least have “Implied Oral Consent”?
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