Letter Sent in 1956 Finally Reaches Destination

Mail sent before finder's parents were born

Friday, Mar 9, 2012  |  Updated 9:20 PM EDT
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People complain about the mail being slow, but this is ridulous.

High school student Lauren Seely found a strange-looking envelope in her family's mailbox -- strange-looking because, according to its postmark, it was sent off in 1956.

In case you're wondering, that's 10 years before her parents were born.

"I am not certain why it showed up yesterday or where it has been since 1956, but it was pretty cool," Seely said.

The envelope was addressed to Mr. Henry J. Leicnbach at the Seely family's Tilden Street NW address. It had a whopping five cents' worth of postage on it, one stamp worth three cents and another worth two. A standard stamp in 1956 cost three cents.

The family opened the envelope. Inside was a second-quarter bulletin of the National Railway Historical Association in Allentown, Penn.

We found nothing on Henry J. Leicnbach, but we did notice a 1975 book by a Henry J. Leinbach titled "El Paso Electric Company, Transportation Division: A Tentative History" and published by the Electric Railroaders' Association.

We couldn't find one of those, but we did locate the website for the National Railway Historical Society, which was founded in 1935. It now has a Philadelpia address.

Was Leicnbach... or Leinbach... a previous resident of the Seelys' home? It's unclear -- property records for the address are only showing the Seely family.

"The envelope wasn't even messed up," Kelli Seely, Lauren's mom, told us. "It's amazing -- so weird."


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