A black and white postcard with a one-penny King George V stamp was delivered by a perplexed postman – 78 YEARS LATE.
The postcard featuring the Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens, London, was postmarked by the Royal Mail in Camberwell on August 20 1932.
It was written by Miss Connie Cope, of Sandy, Beds., to her sister Gwen Cope on a visit to London with her other sister Murial.
But all three sisters have since died and the ”Sandhills” house where they lived has been demolished.
The card was delivered to village resident Poppy Cope, as she had the same surname, but is not a relation.
She passed the card on to Sandy resident Cynthia Dent, who lived close to the Cope’s old home when she was a girl and the sisters have no known descendants.
She said: ”I was just able to throw some light on it. I would really like to know where it was found. It’s a lifetime! I wasn’t even born when it was posted.”