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Offline maddys52

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WWI postcard finally delivered
« on: Tuesday 15 March 22 04:24 GMT (UK) »
Lovely story of a WWI postcard sent from Turkey to New Zealand in 1915, found in Townsville, Qld and now sent to the son of the intended recipient in NZ.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-15/long-lost-wartime-postcade-found-townsville-shopping-centre/100908700

Question in my mind remains - what was it doing in Townsville?


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Re: WWI postcard finally delivered
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 15 March 22 06:17 GMT (UK) »
The Post Office's usual explanation for stories like this, unless it was found down the back of a machine in the sorting office, is that it was being sent to a collector and fell out of the envelope. In this case it might have  fallen out of a collector's pocket. Is there an antique shop or similar in the shopping centre?
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Re: WWI postcard finally delivered
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 15 March 22 23:39 GMT (UK) »
I don't know the shopping centre, however that is a good theory.  :)

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Re: WWI postcard finally delivered
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 16 March 22 09:30 GMT (UK) »
I memory serves, was there not a spate of this somewhere in Northern England about 10+ years ago? I believe they put it down to "Students" "having a laugh" and putting old postcards back into the system. 

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Re: WWI postcard finally delivered
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 16 March 22 22:12 GMT (UK) »
If they were holiday post cards OK, but if from WW1 then I donít find that amusing at all.
Even if just a P.C saying a soldier was alright, they are so special ,as any war PCs are but that conflict was particularly tragic.
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