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Letter from 1943 resurfaced at post office and found its way to its destination after 40 years

The letter written back in 1943 was finally delivered to the surviving members of the recipient's family and it has had a profound effect on them.

Letter from 1943 resurfaced at post office and found its way to its destination after 40 years
Cover Image Source: YouTube | 23 WIFR News

Recovering old and vintage items holds massive value in today's time. Not only people can learn from these things, but they can also help comprehend the historical years and how things were based on several factors. WIFR News shared the good news of the retrieval of an 80-year-old piece of mail that finally made its way to its rightful recipients. The lost letter was addressed to Louis and Lavena George, who lived on S. Sixth Street in DeKalb, Illinois. Surely, after 80 long years, much has changed, but it is ensured that the letter finds its way back as intended.

Representative Image Source: Pexels| John Mark Smith
Representative Image Source: Pexels| John Mark Smith

The post office employee who found the letter says the most likely reason for its disappearance was the lack of a house number in the mailing address. The letter was delivered recently to a surviving member of the recipient's family, Grace Salazar. Curiosity filled many to figure out what the letter consisted of and what it felt like to read the same after it had been lost for such a long period. Another surviving daughter of the Georges, Jeannette, was able to read the letter. "A message from the past, seemingly showing up out of nowhere, that's pretty incredible," she said. The woman also added that everyone was taken aback and "gobsmacked."

"Like what is this, you know," she said. The writer of the letter was Jeannette's father's first cousin. It was addressed to the couple at the time as a form of condolence for having lost their daughter, Evelyn. "I got emotional about it. I mean, losing a child is always horrific," Jeannette said. "It just sort of put me in touch with my parents' grief and the losses my family went through before I was even born." Jeanette holds exceptional gratitude for her family, whom she has learned much about thanks to the 80-year-old letter.

Representative Image Source: Pexels| John Mark Smith
Representative Image Source: Pexels| John Mark Smith

Though blurry and dusty, the image of the letter still stands somewhat intact. Its good condition is enough for people to maintain and glance at. A video on YouTube from WIFR News also shared that for the daughters, the letter has helped them learn more about their family and the unconditional love of their mother. Right from the cursive handwriting to the actual contents of the letter, there is much weight the 80-year-old piece of paper holds. The video also shared glimpses of the family, the daughters and other key persons linked to the story.



 

There was also a portion of the letter which they shared. It read, "Would sure enjoy having you come and we would love to see the children." As always, the letter had profound meaning apart from its literal message and gave the woman the opportunity to learn much about her family. "As I get older, I appreciate the extended family more and more, especially my nieces and nephews. I just have more of a sense of continuity of life, of families," Jeannette said. Grace and Jeanette are the only two surviving children of the family and their bond is sure to be enhanced after the warm reunion with the letter.



 

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