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NATIONAL NEITHER SNOW NOR RAIN DAY – September 7

National Neither Snow Nor Rain Day Sptember 7

National Neither Snow Nor Rain Day

This National Day commemorates the opening of the New York Post Office on September 7, 1914.

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds ~ Inscription found over the entrance of the central post office in New York City

The James A. Farley Post Office Building is the main post office in New York City.  Built in 1912 and opened for postal business in 1914, it is famous for the inscription.  In 1982, the post office was officially designated The James A Farley Building as a monument and testament to the political career of the nation’s 53rd Postmaster General.

The James A. Farley Post Office Building became home to “Operation Santa” after being featured in the 1947 classic film Miracle on 34th Street. 

While the inscription is prominently featured on the building, the United States Postal Service does not have an official motto.  However, in 2011 the United States Post Office advertised with the song “Let the River Run” by Carly Simon. The words of the inscription ran across inspirational images of postal workers carried out their daily duties. Other advertisement campaigns have also hinted at the inscription’s motivation. The “Watch Us Deliver” campaign featured carriers delivering precious packages in harsh or awkward conditions. The narrator promises they will deliver our mail “…faster, sleeker, earlier, fresher, harder, farther, quicker, and yeah…even on Sundays.”

The inscription, which was carved by Ira Schnapp, was provided by the designing architects. It is a paraphrase of a motto from the Herodotus’ Histories which describes a Persian system of mounted messengers under Xerxes I of Persia.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #NeitherSnowNorRainDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Neither Snow Nor Rain Day.

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