(This Footnote to History article was printed on page 39 in the October 13, 1960 edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer, and is reprinted word-for-word below.)
A Bit Slow
Yule Cards, Letters 20 Years Late
DETROIT, Oct. 12 (AP)— Christmas came early—or was it 20 years late—for the Leo Wessinger family of suburban Highland Park. Greeting cards and letters from people no longer living arrived in the regular mail delivery this week—all were postmarked 1940.
One of the cards was from Mrs. Wessinger’s aunt, Mrs. Anna Zink, of Alpena, Mich. Mrs. Zink died 11 years ago.
Another was from Wessinger’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wessinger, of Milford, Mich. Joseph Wessinger died five years ago.
A letter from one of Mrs. Wessinger’s friends said she was going to stop teaching because she was expecting a baby. “That baby, Laren, now is in the Marine Corps,” Mrs. Wessinger said.
The woman also inquired about Mrs. Wessinger’s new baby girl, Martha, who 20 years later is employed as a secretary.
Postal officials were unable to explain why the mall was detained.