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Steps at the NYC Main Post Office

This image was made at the main post office at 31st-33rd Streets and 8th Avenue in New York City. Officially called the James Farley Post Office, it was built in 1912 and is an architectural fixture in midtown Manhattan.

The famous phrase,

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

is engraved on the building (it is not the official motto of the USPS but put there by the building’s architect).

The steps in this photo extend the entire length of the building ending in the Corinthian columns (only one of which is seen here). Notice the figure entering the building at the top of the stairs – at the 31st Street end of the building. I created this image to give the feeling of how the building might have looked in the early 1900s rather than in the 21st century.

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