Christmas card arrives 93 years late

A postcard took a 93 year journey to reach its destination. The Christmas card was dated Dec. 23, 1914, and mailed to Ethel Martin of Oberlin, apparently from her cousins in Alma, Nebraska. The card arrived in 2007.

The card features a colour drawing of Santa Claus and a young girl. Ethel Martin is deceased, but Oberlin Postmaster Steve Schultz said the post office wanted to get the card to a relative.

That’s how the 93-year-old relic ended up with Bernice Martin, Ethel’s sister-in-law. She said she believed the card had been found somewhere in Illinois

As to where it spent the most of the 20th century is still a mystery. Indeed, it’s surprising that it never got thrown away and somehow someone found it and placed it inside another envelope with modern postage for the trip to Oberlin.

The original 1-cent postage stamp, the original cost of postage when it was first sent would not have been enough.

The card is now with Bernice Martin, Ethel’s sister-in-law. After it was featured in the media, she said she’d received calls from as far away as Japan and Iraq, even offers to purchase the card.



One Response to “Christmas card arrives 93 years late”

  1. Adele Padayachee Says:

    Can’t help but feel sentimental & how precious this card is because most people would have discarded it, clearly the love & care reflects on the true meaning of Christmas…

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