—Phrase engraved on the outside of the old James A. Farley Post Office building at 8th Avenue & 33rd Street in New York, New York. It was a translation by Prof. George H. Palmer, Harvard University, from an ancient Greek work of Herodotus describing the Persian system of mounted postal carriers c. 500 B.C.

Postal Inspectors and Chaplain recovering mail near the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001

Postal Inspectors are early to disaster scenes from which mail is to be located and secured are offered counseling assistance.

The history of America's postal service is filled with stories of those who risked their lives for the mail. The events of September and October 2001 have brought the courage and strength of these workers to light again.

In the Line of Duty: Dangers, Disasters and Good Deeds is an exhibition dedicated to America's postal workers.


Exhibition Dates: October 8, 2003 — January 2, 2007


Although the exhibit is no longer available for viewing in the museum, it can still be accessed online.