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06-Apr-2018 Frank Brault

duty calls

West Hartford, Connecticut, USA

"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." This phrase was a translation by Prof. George Herbert Palmer, Harvard University, from an ancient Greek work of Herodotus describing the Persian system of mounted postal carriers c. 500 B.C.E. The inscription was added to the building by William Mitchell Kendall of the architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White, the building's architects. It derives from a quote from Herodotus' Histories, referring to the courier service of the ancient Persian Empire: It is said that as many days as there are in the whole journey, so many are the men and horses that stand along the road, each horse and man at the interval of a day’s journey; and these are stayed neither by snow nor rain nor heat nor darkness from accomplishing their appointed course with all speed. In 2001, the USPS created a television commercial edited to Carly Simon's song "Let the River Run". Wikipedia

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Buz Kiefer10-Apr-2018 21:26
Great photo of a man who takes his work seriously. Such dedication is heartwarming. BV
laine08-Apr-2018 08:21
The mail must get through !!!! I imagine he's hoping someone will offer him a hot chocolate :) V
Fong Lam07-Apr-2018 16:54
Despite the snow and bleak weather he must "complete the appointed rounds"...excellent capture..V
Walter Otto Koenig06-Apr-2018 22:46
Great capture of the falling snow. And well composed to and I am glad you added the information. "V"