A woman named Brittany Keech in Belding, Michigan got an interesting piece of mail the other day. She was surprised to find a letter postmarked from 1920 in her mailbox! The letter was delivered 100 years later. The letter had a one-cent George Washington stamp and a postmark of Oct. 29, 1920.
The letter was from a Flossie Burgess and read, “Dear Cousins, Hope this will find you all well. We are quite well but mother has awful lame knees. It is awful cold here. I just finished my history lesson and am going to bed pretty soon. My father is shaving and my mother is telling me your address. I will have to close for a night. Hope grandma and grandpa are well. Don’t forget to write us – Roy get his pants fixed yet.”
A Michigan resident got a letter delivered from 1920
The outside of the card was decorated for Halloween and address to a Roy McQueen. When Brittany received the letter, she immediately went to her city’s Facebook Group and asked if anyone was a relative of Roy.
The United States Postal Service said that the letter is likely a hoax or a letter that was recently mailed. It is unlikely that it would take 100 years for a letter to be delivered. A spokesperson for the USPS said, “In most cases, these incidents do not involve mail that had been lost in our network and later found. What we typically find is that old letters and postcards — sometimes purchased at flea markets, antique shops and even online — are re-entered into our system. The end result is what we do best — as long as there is a deliverable address and postage, the card or letter gets delivered.”
Brittany is still hoping to find a family member to give the letter back to. If she doesn’t, she will likely donate it to a nearby museum. Whether it was stuck at the Post Office for 100 years or recirculated, it would be pretty neat to get an old letter delivered to your home.