Postcard took 27 years to be delivered

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Postcard took 27 years to be delivered

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We have a postcard which was sent from jersey to Southampton the initial postmark from the jersey sorting office is 1970 and the receiving postmark in south Hampton is 1997! Would this be of any value and if so does anyone have an idea how much?

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Re: Postcard took 27 years to be delivered

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Wow! - that is unusual and a newsworthy item, indeed. I would say that it has a value above the Postcard itself if it is genuine - but, hard to put an exact price on it? There are collectors of 'oddities' like this in the stamp world as well who would snap it up, I'm sure.
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Re: Postcard took 27 years to be delivered

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Stories of much-delayed mail crop up in the papers from time to time - there was one two or three years ago of a postcard sent by a soldier in the Great War which finally got to its address almost a century later. Now I suppose it's possible that a card or envelope could have dropped down behind a stack of Post Office pigeon-holes but there can't be that many post/sorting offices that have survived with their original furniture for that long.

Quite often at a fair I spot a tatty old card with an address local to me and for half-a-second think that for the sake of 50p (for the card) wouldn't it be a wheeze to pop around and push it through the letter-box or even post it again. And people quite often must come across old cards in a drawer or memento box at home or even as a bookmark and decide to re-post it.

Invariably the press find it a good reason to knock the Post Office.

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Re: Postcard took 27 years to be delivered

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On at least one occasion a packet of old cards being sent to me has come open in transit, and arrived with some of the contents missing - it's quite possible that some of the contents ended up being delivered to the original addressee.
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Quite often at a fair I spot a tatty old card with an address local to me and for half-a-second think that for the sake of 50p (for the card) wouldn't it be a wheeze to pop around and push it through the letter-box or even post it again. And people quite often must come across old cards in a drawer or memento box at home or even as a bookmark and decide to re-post it.

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