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Christmas card arrives 93 years late

December 15, 2007

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— A Christmas card mailed in 1914 finally made it to northwest Kansas - 93 years later.

Little is known about the post card, which features a color drawing of Santa Claus and a young girl and is still in excellent condition. It's dated Dec. 23, but it's a mystery where it spent most of the last century, said Oberlin Postmaster Steve Schultz.

"It's surprising that it never got thrown away," Schultz said. "How someone found it, I don't know."

The card was addressed to Ethel Martin of Oberlin, who is deceased. The post office, however, wanted to get the card to a relative, he said.

That's how the relic ended up in the home of Bernice Martin, Ethel's sister-in-law. She said she believed the post card, which was from Ethel's cousins in Alma, Neb., had been found somewhere in Illinois.

"That's all we know," she said. "But it is kind of curious. We'd like to know how it got down there."

The card was placed inside another envelope with modern postage for the trip to Oberlin - the one-cent postage of the early 20th century wouldn't have covered it, Martin said.

"We don't know much about it," she said. "But wherever they kept it, it was in perfect shape."

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