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Postage due: Card arrives 86 years late

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Think your mail takes a long time to arrive? Consider the story of Percy G. Savage, a chemistry professor at the University of Kentucky.

Actually, Savage was a professor there between 1912 and 1914. But a postcard addressed to him didn't arrive at the UK Chemistry-Physics Building until this year.

Gerri Gerke, who works in the UK chemistry department, found the postcard while sorting through the department's mail in February. The card lists new government mining publications for October 1914 and was postmarked that year in Washington, D.C.

"It came through and I just laid it aside," Gerke told the UK student newspaper. "I wondered if it was really real."

Post Office officials said they didn't know why the postcard, which was barely yellowed and not damaged, would have taken 86 years to arrive. The card did not bear over-cancellation marks or bar codes used to sort mail today, nor did it arrive with a cover letter explaining reasons for the delay.
 
 

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