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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

You got mail -- 51 years late!

A saucy postcard finally arrived at its destination - 51 years after it was sent. Steve Hacker was stunned when the traditional seaside greeting popped through his letterbox on Saturday.

He did not recognise the stamp and called the postman back, asking if he'd made a mistake. Steve said: "I told him it had a 2d stamp and the Queen looked about 30. Then I saw the postmark and saw it was posted in 1954. I couldn't believe it.

"The postcard was in pristine condition, as if it had been kept in a plastic wrapper."

Steve was even more shocked by the caption on the front of the card which was coarse even by today's standards. It had a picture of a woman trying to get on a bus with a dachshund.

The conductor says: "No dogs on the bus, lady." She replies: "You know what you can do with your old bus?" He retorts: "Yes and if you can do it with your dog you can come on the bus."