Neither snow nor rain nor …

Lakeside Cemetery, Erie, Pennsylvania

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”

The inscription above is carved above the entrance to the New York James Farley Post Office.  Though the quote, derived from a passage in Histories written by Herodotus, has come to be known as the motto for the United States Post Office, it actually does not have one. 

According to their Website, the National Association of Letter Carriers was founded in 1889.  The “NALC is the union of city letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service. Letter carriers delivered 170 billion pieces of mail last year, six days a week, to over 151 million homes and businesses in every city, suburb and town in America”.

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