The book was checked out from a Washington State library in 1949

December 04, 2014 09:45 PM

It’s been 65 years since a 1946 copy of Gone With The Wind was checked out of Rogers High School library in Spokane, Washington, Reuters reported.

Wayne Hackey, from Maine, was cleaning out his father’s cellar in New England when he found the book with a school stamp and library card still in the pocket.

Hackey wrote a note to the school alerting them to what he found. The book was checked out by Betty Madershied in 1949, so he also asked if she was a student at that time.

“Not sure how the book ended up on the East Coast,” Hackey wrote in his letter. “I’d be willing to ship the book back if this is the same school, as long as I don’t have to pay the late fee in the back of the book of two cents per day – that would be around $470.”

Principal Lori Wyborney responded confirmed that Mandershied was indeed a student and was excited about the book’s safe return.

“We’re delighted to have the book back, but we wonder where it has been,” Principal Wyborney told Reuters.

The book is now worth $350 and is on display in a glass case in the school’s library.

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