updated 6/24/2007 11:19:01 AM ET 2007-06-24T15:19:01

Musty brown boxes containing educational films about the Netherlands have finally made their way back to western Michigan, 34 years late.

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Holland, Mich., Postmaster John Masuga believes someone had the two boxes stored somewhere, found them and tossed them in a mail collection box. They already had metered postage and arrived in Holland from a bulk mail facility in Allen Park.

The boxes were from University of Wisconsin-Barron County and the University of Texas in Austin. The films were loaned by the former Netherlands Information Service, a public relations office run here by the Dutch government from 1936 to 1974 that is a precursor to the Holland Museum.

“It was just kind of bizarre,” said Deborah Postema-George, the museum’s curator of archives and research.

One of the boxes arrived June 15 containing the educational films “Jan — Boy of the Netherlands,” “Rotterdam Europort: Gateway to Europe” and “The Netherlands — Blueprint of an Urban Society.”

The other came Tuesday, with the Dutch-language films “Zeilen” (Sailing) and “Holland Terra Fertilis” (Fertile Land).

Located a few miles east of Lake Michigan, Holland was settled by Dutch immigrants and is known for its Dutch heritage and annual tulip festival.

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