The Theater: Canteen's Birthday

One year old this week, American Theatre Wing's Stage Door Canteen (TIME, April 6) has made a sizable record for an infant. Into its smoky, dusky Manhattan basement have poured over 500,000 men in the uniforms of almost all the United Nations, from U.S. leathernecks to men of the Royal Netherlands Navy and Chinese aviation cadets; and lately it has done a roaring trade in French sailors. In a year, its pretty hostesses have danced an estimated 2,184,000 miles. Ships at sea have signaled to one another: "When in New York, don't miss the...

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