The Postman Takes a Holiday

RRPJ-Mail Holiday-18Dec5

Wednesday is a holiday at the post office. The offices of post offices nationwide are closed today. It is an official Day of Mourning for former President George H.W. Bush.

From Wikipedia, The Postman’s Oath states, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”

The unofficial motto of the United States Postal Service has have long been associated with the American postman. The motto is inscribed on New York’s James Farley Post Office in New York City, facing Penn Station, but it has no official status.

The phrase was a translation by Prof. George Herbert Palmer, Harvard University, from an ancient Greek work of Herodotus describing the angarium, the ancient Persian system of mounted postal carriers c. 500 B.C.

There will be no service at the post office. Mail will not be delivered today. Thursday will be back to regular business at the post office.


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