In the Line of Duty

Dangers, Disasters and Good Deeds
Postal worker wearing rubber gloves while sorting mail
October 8, 2003 - February 2, 2007

“Neither snow nor rain
nor heat nor gloom of night
stays these couriers from the swift completion
of their appointed rounds.”

—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.

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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.