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Monday, December 31, 2012 3:29 pm

Pa. railroad calendar delivered 63 years late

The Associated Press

A northeastern Pennsylvania newspaper has just received a calendar to help ring in the new year - except the year is 1950.

Scranton's The Times-Tribune reports ( http://bit.ly/S23ykD) a mail carrier delivered it 63 years late without explanation on Friday.

The large tube contained a 1950 Pennsylvania Railroad calendar addressed to James Flanagan, former general manager of The Scranton Times.

The calendar includes a holiday greeting from a railroad executive dated December 1949. Flanagan died that month.

A U.S. Postal Service spokesman says lost mail is sometimes found when a machine is dismantled or office space is renovated.

Times-Tribune publisher Bobby Lynett says he'll see if the Steamtown National Historic Site railroad museum is interested in the calendar. If not, he'll display it in the newspaper's offices.

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Information from: The Times-Tribune, http://thetimes-tribune.com/