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Letter posted in 1916 delivered 107 years late






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Many moons ago, sending messages took a long time. Today, with the Internet, we can instantly send them worldwide by email. A message that arrived earlier this week was not so instant. It was mailed in England in 1916. It got lost in the post and was finally delivered 107 years later to a house in London. A postal worker said it was "uncertain what happened," but was happy it finally arrived. She said it may have fallen behind a piece of furniture.

People used to write letters on paper. They sent them in envelopes, with a stamp on it they bought from a post office. They then mailed it in a post box. A postal worker collected the envelope and it began its journey. It took a few days to arrive if the address was in the same country. If the address was overseas, it went by ship and took weeks. However, there was a slight problem with the 107-year-late letter. The person to whom it was addressed died in 1951.

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