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Iowa man receives postcard from 1987 after virus-related deep cleaning at post office

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(Photo: CNN Newsource)

WASHINGTON (SBG) – Talk about snail mail.

A man in Iowa just received a postcard from 1987 in the mail after his local post office deep cleaned because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to CNN.

Seventy-six-year-old Paul Willis checked his mail at noon, like he does every day, and was surprised to see a piece of mail from over three decades ago. CNN reports it was a postcard from Havasu Falls, Arizona that had a photo of his younger sister Lovell -- now 65 and living in California -- on the other side.

It has a San Francisco postage stamp marked for December 18, 1987 and a newer stamp from Des Moines dated April 29, 2020, CNN says.

Willis reached out to his sister to thank her for the mail, according to CNN, and both were curious as to how it ended up in his mailbox this late. He then made another call to the post office.

"I asked if they had any insight and she just told me that many of the post offices were doing deep cleanings because of COVID-19 and that's what we think had just happened," he said. "And somebody thought enough to stick it back in the mail."

A picture really is worth a thousand words.