Man receives postcard 40 years later

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Man Receives Postcard 70 Years Later

This is the epitome of "snail mail."

Alan Marion of Phoenix, Oregon, received a letter addressed to his great grandmother Florence - written more than 70 years ago.

The old mail arrived at a USPS office last July and a worker who noticed the unusual postage date went searching for Marion's family since Florence passed away almost 50 years ago.
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Alan received the letter last week and told the Mail Tribune, "Somebody's been looking over my shoulder here, and it must have been my great-grandmother."

The postal service still doesn't know what took so long for the letter to arrive - but it's not the first time a curious case like this has made headlines.

Last year, an Oklahoma mom received a letter from her son 46 years after he sent it. In it, he told his mom about how much fun he was having during a trip with his father and cousins.

And in Minnesota, a World War II-era postcard took 68 years to get delivered. It was penned by a naval trainee who served on the submarine USS Cuttlefish.
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