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Mailmen’s Master Stroke

January 10, 1990

GREAT BADDOW, England (AP) _ A letter was posted in Norway with only the family name of the addressee on the envelope - yet delivered correctly to a family in an English village six days later, the recipients said.

″We are just full of admiration for the Post Office but we can’t imagine how they managed it,″ said Marit Torkildsen of Great Baddow near Chelmsford, Essex, 30 miles east of London.

She said an elderly friend wrote ″Family Torkildsen″ on the envelope and posted it on Dec. 14 from Rjukan in the Telemark district of southern Norway. It was delivered on Dec. 20, but the story has only just emerged in the local Essex Chronicle weekly.

Mrs. Torkildsen’s husband, Tore, said: ″Maybe the post office in Rjukan saw our friend buy the stamp or post the letter and knew it was for Britain so they put it in the British bag. And maybe some sorter in London knew the Torkildsens lived in Essex so he put it in the Essex bag. The whole thing is a mystery to us.″

Post Office headquarters in London said it knew nothing of the feat.

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