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Letter reaches Swedish address after 76 years
The transatlantic ocean liner M/S Gripsholm

Letter reaches Swedish address after 76 years

Published: 01 Apr 2012 08:02 GMT+02:00
Updated: 01 Apr 2012 08:02 GMT+02:00

The letter arrived in the daily post on Wednesday to a dentist's surgery on Adelsgatan in Visby, according to a report in the local Gotlands Posten daily.

"It was lying in the middle of the pile of post and I thought that it was so cool when I saw it," said Agneta Hartberg at the surgery to the newspaper.

The envelope was post-marked August 15th 1936 and had been sent with the "Svenska Amerika Linien", which was a Swedish shipping line which plied the route from Gothenburg to North America at the time.

While the sender of the letter remains a mystery as the envelope remains intact, the search has begun for the intended recipient, a "Mister Arne Löwgren".

The local post office has meanwhile expressed surprise over the emergence of the letter after all these years.

"I can say that this is not a normal standard of service at the post office. It doesn't normally take this long to deliver a letter. It is actually very exciting," said Gotland post office head Ronny Larsson to the newspaper.

The unusual letter is post-marked Stockholm and appears to have stamps in Russian and writing in French on the back. It also bears the stamp of the M/S Gripsholm which reads "New York-Viking Lands-Russia-New York".

The M/S Gripsholm was a passenger liner which was delivered to the Svenska Amerika Linien in 1925.

While the search continues for any surviving relatives of Arne Löwgren, the staff at the dentist surgery are doing their best to resist the temptation to open the letter and reveal its contents.

"Of course we are itching to find out," said Agneta Hartberg.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

09:15 April 1, 2012 by Iraniboy
"I can say that this is not a normal quality of service at the post office. It doesn't normally take this long to deliver a letter. It is actually very exciting," said Gotland post office head Ronny Larsson to the newspaper.

LOL!
09:49 April 1, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
"Exciting"?!

...so after 75-and-a-half years, an important message turns up about, say, an appointment time, or maybe a declaration of love, or a job offer ...?

Naahh - it probably predicted this news item on thelocal.se.......
11:05 April 1, 2012 by binishpeter
April Fool!
11:23 April 1, 2012 by Iraniboy
@binishpeter

Thelocal respects it every year! :D
12:00 April 1, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
@ binishpeter - damn! Got me!
12:30 April 7, 2012 by winddancersong
I have a feeling,something this unusual isn't going to be just any message.Like a message in a bottle tossed across an ocean, perhaps something will connect two people together across generations who never would have met.It will create a bridge which will span a past and future world like a time machine. Being suspended, the only question now is what journey will be continued which the letter's owner began so long ago, for the receiver.No doubt this is one delivery the post office lived up to America's unofficial motto,"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds". But maybe, just maybe aliens might have temporarity kidnapped some mail for inspection along the way out of curiosity!
11:43 April 8, 2012 by mikewhite
Surely on this day, it would have travelled via RMS Titanic ?

PS there is a new UK drama on the subject, subtitled by the critics "Drownton Abbey"

(by the same author) !
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