Man seeks intended recipient of letter postmarked in 1954

FERNDALE, Pa. (AP) -- Brian McAteer got a big surprise when a letter arrived at his home a couple of weeks ago: Not only was it not addressed to him, it had been mailed more than 50 years ago.
The letter, with a 3-cent stamp and postmarked Oct. 26, 1954, was encased in a large, United States Postal Service window envelope.
McAteer said the letter appears to be sealed and has not been damaged. There is a return address -- in nearby Richland Township -- but no sender's name. McAteer told the Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown that he will not open the letter.
However, McAteer hasn't had any luck finding the intended recipient -- Frederick Zane Yost.
He said he has contacted Yosts in the area, spoken with longtime residents and searched on the Internet, all to no avail.
The Tribune-Democrat reported that its archives show Frederick Zane Yost's parents, both of whom are dead, lived in Ferndale in 1954. His father was a sports editor at the newspaper, which reported that the younger Yost had moved to Florida.
Tad Kelley, a spokesman for the Postal Service in Pittsburgh, said he could not comment specifically on the letter without investigating the matter.
"Sometimes pieces of mail do get lost behind equipment or transporting equipment. ... It is infrequent, but every once in a blue moon, it does happen," Kelley said. "No matter how old it is, we will deliver it."
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