Publisher's Letter, Jul. 4, 1955

Dear TIME-Reader:

AS the tourist season nears its peak, U.S. vacationists are on the move —about their own country and on record invasions of foreign shores. The travelers, according to reports from all our sources, are devoting themselves mostly to just plain fun, like the newlyweds motoring down the Loire Valley in a rented new bug-model Citroen, the bald Philadelphian sipping vermouth and eying the Italian beauties strolling along Rome's Via Veneto, or the middle-aged sportsmen playing at being matadors in Madrid's new bullfighting cafe.

Among the estimated 600,000 Americans who will travel abroad...

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