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Postcard arrives late -- minus postage

HARTFORD, Conn., April 10 (UPI) -- A Connecticut woman says a postcard managed to reach her from Greece without benefit of postage, zip code or address -- 46 years late.

Vasilia "Vas" Mazzotta of Cromwell, Conn., received the Easter greeting from her grandfather in Greece last month.

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The postcard was addressed to "Miss Vassoula Sitara," Mazzotta's maiden name, "Hartford Con."

It was dated, "Athens 20 April 65."

"I almost didn't believe what I was reading. I must have read it three times to decipher that, wow, this is from my grandfather 46 years ago," Mazzotta, 59, told the Hartford (Conn.) Courant.

"Dearest granddaughter, On the occasion of Holy day of Easter I send you this card to take an idea of Athens. I want you to enjoy Easter with all family. Kisses to Dad Mom & Johnny. I hug you. Bapou," the card read.

Bapou means grandfather.

U.S. Postal Service officials say they're stumped how the postcard ended up sorted and delivered to Mazotta on March 26.

"There's no evidence on the mail piece of it being in the mail stream at all," Postal Service spokeswoman Maureen Marion said. "There is no postage and no bar code. It's a mystery in the mailbox."

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"It touched me emotionally, how someone can love you after the grave. It's incredible," Mazzotta said.

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