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Postcard sent from Chicago finally reaches destination 53 years later

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XiaNaphryz

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Shedd Aquarium postcard arrives 53 years later :

“We’ll probably be home before this gets there!”

Those were the words teenager Scott McMurry’s mom scrawled across the top of a postcard from Chicago in the summer of 1958.

She didn’t know how right she was.

The postcard depicting the Shedd Aquarium finally arrived at McMurry’s Virginia home on Tuesday — 53 years after his mom mailed it.

“I recognized my mother’s handwriting immediately,” said McMurry, now 71. “It’s incredible.”

Now the Shedd Aquarium has offered to give him a tour of the attraction his late parents visited more than half a century ago.


“Hopefully I’ll be able to come next week,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

The postcard was addressed to Clairmont Ave. in Decatur, Ga., — where McMurry grew up. But last week it showed up in Elizabeth Fulcher’s mailbox on Clairmont Lane in South Daytona, Fla.

Fulcher realized something was strange when she saw the 2 cent stamp in the top right corner.

She posted a picture of the postcard on Facebook, and her friends helped track down McMurry, a historian with the Justice Department.


“Without the Internet, I’d never have received it,” McMurry said.

Just why the snail mail took so long to arrive remains a mystery, but an April 2012 Michigan postmark suggests it was recently mailed a second time, McMurry said.
 
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If you attached the postcard to an actual snail and let it go it'd get there in 2.8 years of nonstop travel, or 11.2 years of 6 hour traveling days
US postal System = Glacier mail
 

ssolitare

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If you attached the postcard to an actual snail and let it go it'd get there in 2.8 years of nonstop travel, or 11.2 years of 6 hour traveling days
US postal System = Glacier mail
It's cheap as hell though.
 

Al-ibn Kermit

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That's just an awesome, and random, fucking gift though. Getting a card like that decades after your parents have passed away, reminding you of them and giving you a new memory to hold. And then getting offered a free tour by that aquarium.

It was also really cool that the recipient is apparently a historian, he'd probably appreciate it more.
 

oatmeal

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Kind of depressing I'd imagine, assuming his mother is dead.

Like that Animal Crossing thing, only real.
 

hirokazu

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Must be an incredibly shitty postal service if it manages to deliver it to the wrong address 53 years later.

Only one word on the postcard matches the address it was delivered to. One word. You don't make mistakes like that unless you're exceptionally inept.
 

FillerB

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How could this even happen? Not just decades late, but also delivered to the wrong address. Shows dedication that they even bothered to deliver it instead of dumping it in a furnace but come on....
 

pmj

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It says right in the OP that it was recently mailed a second time, meaning the postcard had probably been delivered to (or otherwise ended up with) the wrong person 53 years ago.
 

empty vessel

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That's not even close to what he was talking about and you know it.
That's some weird hostility in response to a joke about training snails to deliver mail... But, yeah, I think I misunderstood his post, which I took to be a joke about using snails to deliver mail.
 

gutshot

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Something similar happened to me recently, although not nearly on the same level. We ordered a book of stamps about a year ago but they never came. We were able to get a refund from the USPS at the time. Then, about a week ago, the stamps showed up. Free stamps!
 

ToxicAdam

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You call it an aquarium, I call it a marine internment camp.

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I wonder if there is a lost AOL e-mail (circa 1998) out there for me from my mom.

"Adam, Look at this dancing baby. lol"


Maybe it's for the better that it's lost.
 

thefro

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Chicago's post office is notoriously slow/loses stuff for some reason.

Mail works perfectly 99.99% of the time everywhere else.
 
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