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