A LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER

Printing TIME on the Persian Gulf for the American soldiers in Iran is farthest East in more ways than one. The only press in the place is an ancient, hand-fed flatbed that had to be fanned for two hours to cool it off after an hour's run. And when you read this report on how our first issue got printed , I think you will understand why nobody else has ever before tried to bring out a newsmagazine in the land of the houri.

"As soon as the plane arrived with the mats of TIME'S August 16 issue [mats are papiermaché molds...

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