In the age of social media, handwritten, posted love letters are all but a thing of the past. But ironically it’s thanks to Facebook, that a 70-year-old shoebox full of letters exchanged between two love struck teenagers, has been returned to its original owner.
In 2019, Kim Rowe was sorting through her attic when she discovered a box of letters exchanged between a Norma Hall in Kent and a Bob Beasley overseas with the British Army. They were written between 1948 and 1949.
The shoebox had been taken in by her mother, when 20 years previously, a neighbour had been ready to throw its contents out with the bins. She’d always intended to find their owners and reunite them with the correspondence, but sadly died without being able to. But after reading just one of the letters, her daughter decided to fulfil her mother’s wish and set out to find Norma and Bob.
A Facebook post yielded thousands of shares, and the Internet went to work, providing possible dates of birth for the letter writers, sourced through ancestry websites.
It wasn’t long before Kim had a possible address, and so she posted a letter, detailing the contents of the shoebox, hoping that their writers might still be around to take it off her hands.