Stewart Glass checked their mail to find a postcard sent on August 5, 1976
When retired Stewart Glass, 67, and his wife Sandra checked through their morning post on the doormat last month they noticed one item stood out.
The postcard appears to have been sent on August 5, 1976, by two women strangers enjoying a summer holiday in Poole, Dorset.
The Royal Mail insisted it has probably not been lying in their system all this time.
Mr Glass said he was flabbergasted when he saw old cars on the postcard picture
Instead they claim it must have recently been found elsewhere and just now popped into the post.
It’s like it was lost in a time warp!
Today Mr Glass said he and his wife were flabbergasted when they saw old cars on the postcard picture and the old date and stamp, worth six-and-a-half pence.
He said: “We do sometimes get the wrong post delivered here but this was something else.
“It’s like it was lost in a time warp!”
The postcard stamp cost six-and-a-half pence when sent in 1976
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The couple, who have lived at their home in Mickle Trafford, Cheshire, for almost four years, said they had never heard of the intended recipient, Karen Tidd.
But a quick check of the deeds to the property revealed the surname ‘Tidd’ was linked to the home in the 1960s.
They said their “postcard from the past” had quickly become a talking point among family, friends and neighbours since it was delivered last month.
The photo depicts Branksome Chine beach in Poole and on the back the authors, named Linda and Janette, write about having a “lovely time”.
They also describe meeting “two lads from Malta” at a disco and lament their lack of a good suntan.
The former communications specialist, who has two grandchildren, added: “I thought something was a bit odd when I looked at the card and spotted the cars as they looked a bit ancient.
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“Then I turned it over and saw the date and I couldn’t believe it.
“We had it on our mantelpiece and everyone has been very curious about it.
“It must just have been lying dormant somewhere until someone posted it. It’s all very strange.”
Julie Pirone, spokesman for Royal Mail, said the card would have been delivered to the address as soon as it entered the postal system – even though it had a 40-year-old stamp on it.
She said: “It is very likely that the postcard has been put back into the postal system by someone recently, rather than it being lost or stuck somewhere.”