"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."
We've all heard the phrase, especially when the roads are closed and vehicles can't get through, or when downtown is flooded or high winds knock out the power.
|Herodutus Picture via Wikimedia Commons|
The roots of the phrase actually go back to the writer Herodotus, who was singing the praises of the Persian war couriers in one of his books.
According to USPS Link, an architect from the firm that designed the New York Post Office was the son of a Greek classics scholar and an avid reader of the works. He picked the inscription from one of the writings and pitched it to postal officials, who approved it.
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