Police Return Stolen Telegram From 1938
After postal worker allegedly stole it
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 4, 2013 4:29 PM CST
An old Western Union telegram is seen in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Julien's Auctions)

(Newser) – A California detective has reunited a family with a stolen 1938 heirloom telegram. The Western Union telegram is described as the opening page of the love story of now-deceased Minnie and Fred Ciolino, who sent the message 74 years ago after their Reno wedding on Christmas Eve.

The telegram sent to San Francisco area relatives read: "ARRIVED SAFELY, NO SNOW BUT REAL COLD NICE TRIP BE BACK MONDAY MERRY XMAS TO ALL (equals) MINNIE & FRED." A cousin found the telegram in November and mailed it to one of six Ciolino daughters, but it never arrived. It was found last month by Daly City police detective Joe Bocci, who is investigating a postal worker charged with stealing letters to finance his drug habit. The San Mateo County Times has more details on the bizarre story.

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wesleyco
Jan 5, 2013 10:36 AM CST
So...this could explain some things...missing mail for drugs?
JoeNobody
Jan 4, 2013 8:05 PM CST
Well thats a nice story and probably true but the "Sample" telegram posted there is either a complete fake or a real amateur copy made by an inexperienced telegraph operator becuz it has no word count, or date, at the top, no city of destination after the address (all required per WU Manual) and is copied on a standard typewriter instead of the all caps style the old Western Union telegraphers used. And it has no file time at either top or bottom, also a requirement. Whoever faked it should be ReMorseful to steal a phrase from JoeQ
JoeQ
Jan 4, 2013 7:47 PM CST
If I were Western Union, I would have been re morse ful.