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Among the photos and artifacts at the Smithsonian Postal Museum’s exhibition, “None Swifter Than These: 100 Years of Diplomatic Couriers,” on display through January 26, 2020, in Washington, D.C.  (U.S. Department of State photo)

“None Swifter Than These: 100 Years of Diplomatic Couriers”—developed by the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS)—opened in September at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C., and is on view through January 26, 2020.

Diplomatic Security Service Director Todd Brown and Director of the Smithsonian Postal Museum Elliot Gruber provided opening remarks as part of an after-hours opening event on September 18.

“Diplomatic couriers play a critical role in enabling U.S. diplomacy,” said DSS Director Brown.  “Our couriers supervise the shipment of classified equipment and documents, as well as secure construction materials, to nearly every nation where American diplomats work. The Diplomatic Courier Service has quite a history.”

Diplomatic Courier John Brandt followed with a slideshow presentation, taking the audience on a visual tour of the rich history of the Diplomatic Courier Service.

Diplomatic Courier John Brandt provides a visual tour of the history of the Diplomatic Courier Service during an after-hours presentation at the Smithsonian Postal Museum, September 18, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Displayed on the screen behind him (left photo) is an image of Diplomatic Courier Seth Foti who died on August 23, 2000, in Manama, Bahrain, in the line of duty. He was aboard Gulf Air Flight 72, which crashed during landing. (U.S. Department of State photo)

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