Woman Receives Postcard From Royal Mail - That Was Sent 112 Years Ago

A postman delivering a postcard is probably not really news, even on the slowest of news days, even given the standards of delivery we know and love... Well, usually.

But how about this? Royal Mail has successfully managed to deliver a postcard - a full 112 years after it was sent. Michaela Webber, 24, got the postcard through her letterbox, despite it having been sent in 1907.

It was addressed to 'Miss Wiltshire', a woman who had lived in the same Plymouth house as her in 1901, but moved out and died in Southampton in 1990.

The postcard was addressed to a 'Miss Wiltshire'. Credit: SWNS
The postcard was addressed to a 'Miss Wiltshire'. Credit: SWNS

"My husband came in with the post as normal and that's when we saw it," explained Michaela.

"My initial thought was, 'Oh my god, there's a ghost in the house!' It's unbelievable really. I sent a picture of it to my mum, who said, 'Oh my God.'"

With a little research, Michaela was able to find out who Miss Wiltshire was and why her postcards were getting sent to the house.

"We looked up my address and she was listed to live at my address in 1901," she explained. "I assumed my husband found it on the road. We don't know what to do with it, but I think we'll keep it."

Michaela was surprised to receive the postcard. Credit: SWNS
Michaela was surprised to receive the postcard. Credit: SWNS

The note itself wasn't really that interesting, to be honest. It's a one-line missive sent on Christmas Eve 1907, in which someone called Albert flakes on a prior arrangement. We all know how Miss Wiltshire would have felt had she received the postcard, because we all know an Albert.

"Dear Vie," it reads. "Don't be disappointed if I don't come down tomorrow, Tuesday, as I am feeling awful. Hoping all at home are alright. Albert xxxxx."

A spokesperson for Royal Mail said it was probably not just sitting behind the break room sofa for a century or so. "It is likely that it was put back into the postal system by someone recently," they claimed.

The postcard was sent in 1907. Credit: SWNS
The postcard was sent in 1907. Credit: SWNS

Still, the moral of this story is that, while human methods of delivering messages to each other have changed over the years, the basic substance of human communication hasn't. People are still annoying and flakey.

We can be thankful that in 2019, we can read a message instantly, rather than having to sit in and wait for the door to ring, as poor Miss Wiltshire did during that December in 1907.

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Mike Wood

Mike Meehall Wood is a freelance journalist and translator. He writes for LADbible, VICE and countless sports publications, focusing on rugby league, football and boxing. He is a graduate of Leeds University and maintains a fizzy pop obsession. Contact Mike at [email protected]

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