Long Lost Postcard: Letters to the Future

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Earlier this month, Scott McMurry, a Vienna, Virginia man finally received a postcard from his mother. It took a little longer than normal for the letter to be delivered; she sent it in 1957 and somehow it got lost in the postal system for 55 years.

Now, instead of taking this opportunity to complain about the inefficiencies in the postal system — the postcard only had a two cent stamp affixed (you get what you pay for!) — this story instead brought to mind a incredibly emotional business opportunity.

What if you offered this service for sale? Take people’s letters to their loved ones and hold onto them for fifty years or more and then locate the recipient and deliver them long after the sender is deceased.

The only problem I can foresee is how will you find the recipient in five decades? Although the internet should make it easier to locate someone in the future, I would also recommend that you give the sender of the letter a page or something to include in their will or living trust. That way, when they pass on, there will be some record that a letter was sent to the future.

What do you think?

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