The Inquistr reported Monday that a Pennsylvania Railroad calendar arrived at its intended destination on Friday with just one flaw – the Postal Service delivered it 63 years late.
The package was delivered to the front desk of The Scranton Times-Tribune in Pennsylvania, with no indication from the postal carrier that anything was out of the ordinary. Bobby Lynett, a publisher of The Times-Tribune and CEO of Times-Shamrock Communications, was quickly given the unusual tube shaped parcel.
A Postal Service spokesman said lost mail is sometimes found when a machine is dismantled or office space is renovated. Times-Tribune publisher Bobby Lynett said he would see whether the Steamtown National Historic Site was interested in the calendar. If not, he said, he'll display it in the newspaper's offices.
The package was addressed to James W. Flanagan, who served as the newspaper’s general manager from 1936 until his passing in 1949. His impressive career with the newspaper spanned 54 years beginning in 1895 with a salesboy position. He was 63-years-old at the time of his death.
A new sticker, dated last week from a distribution center in Pittsburgh, accompanied two 4-cent William Howard Taft stamps, which appear to have been canceled decades ago, on the tube.
The calendar, originally mailed from the Philadelphia publicity department of the Pennsylvania Railroad, features the painting "Crossroads of Commerce" by Grif Teller. The Pennsylvania Railroad merged with New York Central Railroad in 1968.
The Postal Service has not been able to trace the history of Flanagan’s 63-years-late calendar.
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