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Today commemorates the opening of the New York Post Office, on this day, in 1914.

Famous for its inscription, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” which was taken from Herodutus’ Histories describing the faithful service of the Persian system of mounted postal messengers under Xerxes I of Persia.

This touch was provided by the design architects but is often mistaken as the official motto of the United States Postal Service, which it, interestingly enough, does not have.