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Sisters’ postcard arrives in mailbox 47 years late

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ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) -- When Florence Forget checked through her mail this week, she didn't expect to find a postcard from her two sisters in Florida -- the trip was in 1952.

"It was such a shock," said Forget, 87. "I looked at it and I burst out crying."She said that in the old days, her sisters Alice Thibeault and Doris Taylor, both of whom are now dead, traveled together frequently. Forget said the card brought with it the aura of a message from beyond.

The card, which shows a painting of a public garden in St. Petersburg, Fla., tells Forget the two were "seeing all the sights."

It bears a 2-cent stamp and 1952 postmark, as well as a new 11-cent stamp and March 8, 1999, Jacksonville, Fla., postmark.

Postal Service spokeswoman Christine Dugas said it's unlikely the card was found in a post office, because it would have been delivered in a special envelope with a letter explaining why it was late.

"It could've been in somebody's attic for 47 years," Dugas said. "Someone found it, put a stamp on it and mailed it."