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Letter From 2005 Finally Delivered

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A letter – lost in the mail for eight years – was finally delivered this week. A letter – lost in the mail for eight years – was finally delivered this week.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A letter – lost in the mail for more than eight years – was finally delivered this week. 

"I went to get my mail today and I looked at this envelope and I thought, 'What cool stationary.' Then I saw it was dated 2006 arts festival, and I said, 'Well, that's a little bizarre,'" said Scott Huntley, Director of the Columbus Arts Festival.

Huntley is referencing a piece of mail that has been lost for eight years.

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It was an application for the 2006 arts festival, postmarked in 2005, complete with slides for judging, and a check for the entry fee.

The application was from a local artist, and the eight-year journey covered about eight miles.

"You just wonder what it's been doing the last eight years," he said.

Huntley said the mail is scuffed and marked, like it was caught in the gears of a sorting machine.

He said he wonders if it was trapped or just slowly making its way toward delivery.

The U.S. Postal Service said the letter is a mystery for them as well.

Workers said the sorting machines are cleaned daily, and if letter are found in the gears, they are stamped and hand delivered.

They are looking into the delivery, and Huntley said he is simply curious to learn what happened.

"I think it would be awesome to find out where it's been," he said.

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