A Letter From The Publisher, Dec. 26, 1949

If you had 26 years of TIME to draw on, what excerpts from those 1,356 issues would you select to express the spirit of May—or September—or December?

Our month by month choices (some of which appear on this page with their illustrations) make up the calendar-card we are sending this year to people who will receive gift subscriptions to TIME. Perhaps they will remind you of favorite TIME stories of years past—just as this Christmas issue of TIME, with its account of how Americans and others are moving into the Christmas of 1949, may recall our Christmas stories of other years.

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