September 7th Neither Rain Nor Snow Day

Today is “Neither rain nor snow not heat nor the gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” This motto was added to the 1914 NYC Post Office as though it had something to do with the mail. Well, it did, sort of. Rumor has it that is was a quote about couriers in ancient times, adapted (Or adopted) by the Pony Express who never were a part of the Post Office of the United States which began in 1792. So the question is, while it fits the Post Office, why is it a part of their service motto to their customers? We may never know.

How to celebrate – Visit the NYC Post Office. Study the very short history of the Pony Express. Figure out exactly where this motto came from.


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