Letter sent in 1916 finally arrives at London address

Letter sent in 1916 finally arrives at London address

We're just surprised that the homeowner is still residing there...

A reddish metal mailbox located on side of street
A reddish metal mailbox located on side of street/Pexels

To those of you who still send letters, we know that there is a sense of nostalgia that comes with writing a letter and sending it to someone via registered mail. 

But the thing about posting a letter is that there is no guarantee that it will reach its desired location. 

And even then, there is the consideration that it may reach its destination but the timing is not confirmed. 

Which is why we feel grateful for the current methods of sending messages. 

From the ease of sending an email, to typing out a quick instant message over WhatsApp, the modern form of communication is definitely more reliable than the traditional way. 

And if you have to ask us, this story about a 107-year-old letter proves our point perfectly. 

"Film director Finlay Glen said the historic delivery of the letter from 1916, which turned up on his doorstep in Crystal Palace, South East London, two years ago. Glen told the BBC, 'We were obviously pretty surprised and mystified as to how it could have been sat around for more than 100 years,' with Royal Mail saying they are not sure why there was such a monumental delay in delivering the letter." (Business Insider)

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The contents of the letter have left people mystified, with the opening sentence reading: "My dear Katie, will you lend me your aid – I'm feeling quite ashamed of myself after saying what I did at the circle." (Business Insider)

Christabel Mennell was the writer of the letter and was the daughter of a wealthy local tea merchant. She had addressed the letter to her friend Katie Marsh. 

"Glen told the South London Press, "there was something weirdly moving about it, looking into these people's lives. And that it was never delivered. I was shocked and curious about how it could have been sitting somewhere for 100 years." (Business Insider)

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