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Swedish postcard delivered 50 years late

The Local · 23 Jul 2012, 10:57

Published: 23 Jul 2012 10:57 GMT+02:00

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"My sister sent it from a summer camp when she was 10 years old," Claes-Håkan Svensson told the local Hallands Nyheter daily.

The postcard was posted sometime during 1962 and where it has been keeping in the interim period still remains a mystery.

The card was addressed to Håkan Svensson in Aplared, but was instead belatedly delivered to Claes-Håkan Svensson in Varberg.

"I didn't understand anything at first, Håkan Svensson is my father and he has been dead for fifteen years," the bemused recipient told the newspaper.

After checking with his sister, Claes-Håkan was able to conclude that the summer greeting was indeed from her and that she remembered her time at the summer camp well.

The message on the card refers to the need to learn the local dialect of the province of Halland as the camp brought together children from several different areas.

The card bore a stamp costing 0.35 kronor ($0.05) and can thus be confirmed to date from between 1961 and 1963, according to experts.

The post office has explained that this type of service delay is very rare.

"It is difficult to know what has happened. A postcard can fall between some furniture or get left in an old postal sack," Josefine Raneke, press spokesperson at Posten, told Hallands Nyheter.

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Your comments about this article

13:25 July 23, 2012 by Hisingen
Snail mail á lá de luxe.
15:07 July 23, 2012 by azimuth
They should've waited 50 years more...
23:12 July 23, 2012 by McChatter
Simple. Either it was sent by B-post or it had no priority sticker on it. Posten is hopeless. That's why we use e-mail!
07:44 July 24, 2012 by robban70226
better late than never ....
07:58 July 25, 2012 by swedepie
I'm surprised it didn't come "postage due."
10:29 July 26, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
The postcard should have an explanation from the post office stapled to it ('found it behind that big bookshelf in building 46. Sorry!') along with an apology letter, signed by the King himself, since it is his majesty's royal postal service after all.
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