New York Woman Receives Postcards Sent 62 Years Ago; her mother wrote them for her grandparents in 1960

The first postcard the woman received was written by her mother in August 1960.

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Carol Hover, A woman living in New York was checking her mail at home over lunch in April when she saw a postcard written in eerily familiar handwriting.: The message was written by his mother, but she died 8 years ago.

“My mother always had a very distinctive handwriting: the swirls and the curves,” said Hover, 57, who lives in Hornell.

Hover’s eyes filled with tears when he realized that the postcard was dated August 30, 1960when her parents were on their honeymoon in Canada, and it was addressed to her grandparents.

“See you before you get this,” read the message on the 62-year-old card written by her mother many years before she died,” the woman told WETM.

“I miss my parents so much,” Hover said. “And getting an email from my parents…it’s so special.”

Soon, Hover would collect three more postcards spanning three decades from senders in three different countries..

There is no definitive answer as to why the postcards were delivered decades late.

After investigating the situation at the request of The Washington Post, a spokesperson for the United States Postal Service said that in situations like these, the cards are usually “someone finds them and then deposits them in one of our collection boxes.”

“They were possibly stored in a recently purchased home and reintroduced to our network by new occupants in hopes that we can reunite the postcards with legitimate family members,” Tom Ouellette of the Postal Service said in a statement to the outlet.

“Or you can buy old letters and postcards at flea markets, antique stores and online, and then put them back into the system. As such, these incidents would not involve mail that has been lost on the network,” he added.

Hover said the first postcard was delivered on April 19. When he took it to the local post office to show it to acquaintances of hers who worked there, “just for a laugh,” they apologized and said a substitute postman was on duty that day.

However, when Hover explained that it was related to both the sender and receiver, the clerk said that there were two more cards on the back. One was sent from New York City by his father in 1969. The second was from Hover’s aunt and uncle on a trip to England in 1974.

“I never expected there would be more,” Hover said. “I’ve never been so excited to go home and check the mail, bills or not.”

Another postcard arrived about a week and a half later. It was also from her aunt and her uncle, who were visiting France in 1980.

The situation got even weirder when her cousin, Karen Kohnke, called in early May to tell Hover that she had also received a postcard. He was sent by a family friend who visited Ireland in 1983 to his childhood home in Minnetonka, Minnesota. The current owners had chased her down and were mailing it to her, she said.

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