The rare US post office took … 32 years to send a postcard

A 76-year-old man in the US has just received a postcard sent by his sister more than 32 years ago, after the US postal system carried out general cleaning campaigns against Covid-19.

“A photo is worth a thousand words. Have a nice holiday! ” is on the back of a postcard, 76-year-old Paul Willis, living in Thornton, Iowa, USA, received this week from his sister, Anne Lovell, 65, who lives in San Francisco, state. California

Incidentally, the postcard found its way to the correct recipient after … 32 years. Mr. Willis told CNN that that day, he went out to the mailbox at noon like usual, and found a postcard of his sister, Anne, next to Havasu waterfall in Arizona, USA.

Image of the back of a postcard

The postmark stamped by the San Francisco City Post office dated December 18, 1987, with a new stamp of the Des Moines post office closed on April 29, 2020.

Speaking to CNN, Anne said she never asked Mr. Paul if she received the postcard she sent.

“I don’t think I ever told Paul about it at that time. Because at that time, we often assumed that everything sent by mail was fine, ”said Anne.

“My sister and I were very surprised about the postcard. This is one of the funniest things ever happened, ”Mr. Paul shared.

Since the brothers were both curious about the journey of the postcard finding the recipient after so many years, he called the local post office to find out.

“I asked if they knew anything, a female post office worker told me that many post offices conducted general cleanups to prevent the Covid-19 epidemic and maybe that was when they found it. lost postcard. Someone took care of it and sent it back to me, ”Mr. Paul said.

In an interview with CNN, a spokesman for the US Postal Service (USPS) said that it is impossible to deduce about the operation of the local post office but need to find out more information.

“If it were not for the cleaning, I think we would not have known this postcard,” said Paul.

Besides the surprise postcard, this week Mr. Paul also found the wallet he had dropped in a meadow near his home since 2005, nearly 15 years ago.

“All of this is hard to explain,” said Paul.

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