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Postcard Delivered 50 Years Late Draws Apology From Australia Post

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Australia Post apologized after a postcard was delivered 50 years late. (Kim Britten/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Tuesday, 25 Oct 2016 01:10 PM

A postcard delivered 50 years late solicited an apology from the Australia postal service after it finally made its destination to Adelaide, Australia, from Tahiti last week.

The postcard, postmarked in 1966, was addressed to "Robert Giorgio" from "Chris," The Adelaide Advertiser reported. The current resident of the address, Tim Duffy, said he thought Giorgio was the previous owner of the residence.

"It is clear something went wrong 50 years ago after the postcard was posted in French Polynesia, and we apologize for the inconvenience," an Australian Post spokesman told the Advertiser.

"Australia Post takes great pride in the timely, safe and efficient delivery of mail and we are confident that the vast majority of mail and parcels arrive on time."

The Chris in the postcard is Chris Reynolds, who was a college buddy of Giorgio and went on to study law together, The Advertiser reported in a follow-up story about a reunion of the two men sparked by the postcard's discovery.

"Robert was a school friend," Reynolds told the Advertiser. "We stayed friends for quite a while, though eventually we lost contact."

Giorgio told the Advertiser that the lost postcard brought back memories.

"It makes everything that happened in between drop away," Giorgio said. "I was there when that happened then and I am here now and it is like, whatever happened in between, it doesn't matter. It feels like I just saw him last week. Your personality basically stays the same."

Reynolds postcard read, according to The Telegraph, "(I am) enjoying myself greatly. The weather is very humid ... I'll try and drop you a note in England." The stamp cost 13 francs, or $2.16, according to the website CoinMill.com. The French franc was replaced by the Euro in 1999, noted CoinMill.com.

The photograph on the postcard was the waterfront of the French Polynesian capital of Papeete, Australia's 9 News reported.

"It took a while to realize it was an old one," Duffy said, according to Telegraph, adding that he purchased the home 18 months ago with his wife, Claire, and believes it was built in 1963. "Then I checked the post date and it’s 1966."

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