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Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor Heat Nor Gloom Of Night January 15, 2018

Filed under: 1920s,Culture,History,Nostalgia,Photography,Pics,Vintage — kerbey @ 4:40 pm
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Chicago Mailman N. Sorenson in 1929 (pinterest)

*The American postman’s creed: “”Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”

Per wikipedia, it actually 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.

— Herodotus, Histories (trans. A.D. Godley, 1924)

9 Responses to “Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor Heat Nor Gloom Of Night”

  1. Brett Says:

    That’s a cool image! He’s quite the pack mule, especially with the tall packages and the snow.

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  2. juliehcares Says:

    And not anymore. I see there’s no mail today. How many holidays does the post office get? I hope they get paid for them too!

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  3. Sandra Says:

    That’s a lot of cargo! No letters?

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  4. Benson Says:

    Now that is quite a mailman. Loaded to the gills yet still with a smile on his face. Now that is an old picture.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Des Says:

    Wow, that is good to know. I like it when I find out that certain things have roots much older than I could have imagined. Thanks for sharing that!

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