Kim Draper: Postcard shows up at Illinois home exactly 26 years after postmark.
Kim Draper is an administrative assistant for Memorial Medical Center’s transplant department and lives in Springfield. She is trying to solve the mystery behind a postcard she received at home last week.
Tell me about the postcard:
“I was checking my mail on July 8 and this postcard was in there. It was written by the sender (on July 8, 1993), exactly 26 years ago to the date I took it out of my mailbox. It’s from a dad. He’s sending this postcard from Hong Kong. I don’t know if he’s on vacation. I thought it was really odd that it took 26 years to get to this address. … I’d really love to get it back (to the sender or recipient), because I think that the dad may have passed by now, and if my dad sent me something, I would want it back.”
What was on the postcard?
“It’s small writing. It’s made out to a Leena and Muhammad Ali Kizilbash. It says: ‘I’m having a good time in this extremely crowded place. These small fishing boats have small restaurants inside. They’re air conditioned and serve fresh seafood. Some time sea food still crawling on your plate. All kinds of sea weeds and food to increase your brain/muscle power and food to increase/decrease everything. I miss Leena (the next word is illegible) very much.’ The next sentences are blocked by postal marks, then, ‘See you guys soon. Your Dad.’”
The front of the postcard is a photo of fishing boats and houseboats, called junks and sampans.
“It’s in really great condition for being somewhere in the mail system for 26 years.”
What research have you done to find the sender?
“I talked to the past owner of the home, but they said that maybe the people they bought it from had rented it out for a short time to a family member. I looked on Facebook and I did generic Google searches. I jumped straight to looking for Leena Kizilbash. I found a possibility (that she’s) in Massachusetts, but I want to dig around somewhere before calling anybody. I searched on a Sangamon County property tax thing, like you can search anybody who owns a house, but nothing came up on that, so that kind of makes me think they did rent it from a family member, like the past owner suggested.”
What did you think of getting a postcard 26 years late?
“My son, he’s 12, said, ‘Well, maybe there’s hope for my fidget spinner arriving that I bought from China two years ago!’”