Sept 7, 1914. Anniversary of the opening to the public on Labor Day 1914 of the New York Post Office Building at Eighth Avenue between 31st and 33rd Streets. On the front of this building was an inscription supplied by William M. Kendall of the architectural firm that planned the building. The inscription, a free translation from Herodotus, reads: Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. This has long been believed to be the motto of the US Post Office and Postal Service. They have, in fact, no motto but the legend remains. Read more at http://www.history.com/news/neither-snow-nor-rain-nor-heat-nor-gloom-can-stop-the-u-s-postal-service-but-saturdays-soon-will.
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