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When i was a child growing up after World War II, we were taught that, however awful the war may have been, it stimulated the development of new technologies, like radar and jet engines, and led to the mass adoption of many new products. You're holding one in your hands right now.

U.S. forces in Asia loved reading TIME during the war, though the editions that they receivedócalled ponies or coltsówere miniature versions of the magazine. Still, the small size does not seem to have discouraged readers. As one document in our archives states: "Over-the-shoulder reading stimulated demand...

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