A Canadian man received a special surprise this week after an unexpected letter arrived to him. The letter had been written by his mother and originally sent during Christmas in 1943.
Postal mail is often referred to as "snail mail" because it is much slower than electronic messages, however this story perhaps gives new meaning to the phrase.
Jack Speers, of Namao, Alta., was shocked to receive a letter to him written by his mother during World War II. He said he learned of the letter after he had received a call from Morinville RCMP asking him if he was Jack Speers.
“They phoned me to see if I was Jack Speers, and they said they had a letter (addressed) to me,” he told St. Albert Gazette.
According to CTV News, Speers' mother had mailed the letter the day she wrote it in 1943, but for whatever reason, he did not receive it until Nov. 30, 2012.
“It must have gone to Ontario but where it went from there I haven't got a clue and nobody else seems to know either,” Speers told CTV News. “She mailed it the day that she wrote it, the day before Christmas, 1943.”
Speers had been serving in the military at that time and had been stationed in St. Thomas, Ont., training as an aircraft mechanic during WWII. He said his mother would write him frequently, yet, somehow this one letter never made it into his hands.
The letter's seal had already been opened and was described as being in a yellowed envelope. The handwritten contents told of family Christmas plans and expressed sympathy of Speers' episode with a flu and were still very readable.
“It really hasn’t faded that much for 70 years,” Speers said.
Where the letter has been all this time is still a mystery, but one official believes it has not been in the postal system for all this time.
Speers' mother, Bertha May Speers, passed away 20 years ago, according to media reports.
The letter will go to the Namao Museum.