Misdelivered Postcard

I received a great postcard from Indonesia today, but it wasn’t addressed to me. Somehow, a postcard with an Austin, Texas address ended up in my Alabama mailbox - only off by about 650 miles! The postcard was in excellent condition with the Indonesian postmark barely visible.

I am the only active Postcrosser in my town and apparently the local USPS employees think that every postcard is intended for me! I’ve had four other postcards put in my mail box that were meant for other people in my town, but this is the first time I’ve received a misdirected Postcrossing card.

I’m sending this lost postcard to its rightful recipient tomorrow. I’m putting it in an envelope with a description of what happened.


I received a Postcrossing card sent for a Round Robin addressed to a Texas address, when I live in Connecticut. I dropped it back in the mail and it was redelivered to me a month later. It looks like the bar code sprayed on it belongs to my address. This time I crossed off the barcode with marker and sent it on the way again


This is funny, because it happened to me, too! It was meant for a Postcrosser in Arkansas, but ended up in Massachusetts! In my case it appeared to have stuck to my card because of the washi tape. But still - weird!


Hello everyone :smile:
in Austria we often have also some problems with the mail delivery. Sometimes when you send a postcard or a letter to Australia :australia: our postal service thinks that it go to an Austrian :austria: address but they don’t find the address and send it back to the senders mailbox.
I Heard- also that somebody from the US :us: sent a letter to Australia :australia: but I came two times to the Austrian Post in Vienna and they send it back to the US :us:

In German langue:

Austria = Österreich :austria:
Australia = Australien :australia:
United States = Vereinigte Staaten :us:


Had this too some months ago. Also crossing out the code didn’t work so I put it in an envelope and sent it along.

I regularly get mail for other people: neughbours, companies, other postcrossers, even for people who moved decades ago. Just waiting for the day I get mail for people who have passend away :unamused:.

Sometimes I think my mailman (woman) doesn’t read, just looks for my mailbox and puts in all the mail from her bag 🤷


I learned how to say US in German, thank you! :smiley:

Well, last time I was at the post office with a card addressed to the Netherlands they wanted to send it to Denmark instead :woman_shrugging:

:netherlands: Netherlands = Olanda / Paesi Bassi, in Italian
:denmark: Denmark = Danimarca

Not from Postcrossing, but I had a postcard intended for me (Indonesia) from Canada get missent to Macau! It was dated April 22, and it finally arrived to me last week.

I once had a postcard from Iran in my mailbox and was super excited - and then super disappointed when I realized it wasn’t for me. :pensive: Usually when the card is for someone in my neighborhood (happens all the time - this way I found out that the tiny dog that lives a few houses down the road is called Nacho, because the vet sent the owner a reminder that it was time for Nacho’s vaccination), but for some reason I wasn’t able to find the address. In these cases I just drop the cards back in the mailbox - no card has ever been delivered to me twice.

I once received a card sent to me in an envelope from within Germany that was originally from Norway. It took me a while to figure out that it must have been misdelivered and sent on. Unfortunately the sender didn’t write their address on the envelope so I couldn’t thank them.


Maybe for that postworker pasta and risotto is also the same.

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A few months ago I got a huge stack of cards with a rubber band around them. The one on top was addressed to a member in Ohio which is about 1000 miles from here in North Carolina. I gave it to my mail carrier and it was sent to the member in Ohio the next day. :smiley:

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I once received a postcard from Isle of Man addressed to me, but it came with someone else’s washi tape in the front.

My cards to Austria I usually add European Union underneath Austria. That helps them stay in AT


I always write the name of the country where I send a postcard to in my own language. I believe it will help to send a postcard from the start to right country. Some country names are close to the same, but some are not at all…

Beautiful UNESCO MAXICARD missent to JAPAN from AUSTRALIA but safely delivered to me in Postcrossing.

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