A letter posted to “my dear Katie” in 1916 has just arrived in Crystal Palace.Stephen Oxford, editor of the Norwood Review, said Oswald Marsh was a highly regarded stamp dealer. Written by family friend Christabel Mennell, daughter of a wealthy local tea merchant Henry Mennell. pic.twitter.com/rmWSPZ2Tm0
— The Norwood Society (@NorwoodSociety) February 16, 2023
The Royal Mail delivered a letter to the home of Finlay Glen in London. The postmark said “2 Feb 16.” Was this letter from 2016 and thus a rather late delivery? No, it was much, much older. The letter dated from World War I!
The BBC reports that the letter was written by Christabel Mennell to her friend, Katie Marsh. A local history magazine titled Norwood Review tracked down information about these two women and their families.
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Strictly speaking, Glen broke the law by opening a letter not addressed to him. But he’s not overly concerned about criminal prosecution and has offered to give the letter to any descendants of the correspondents.