A Letter From The Publisher, Mar. 17, 1952

TIME this month reached its 29th birthday. The news span we have covered in those 29 years is approximately the same as the news-conscious life of the head of the average TIME-reading family, now 42½ years old. But the character of the news itself is far different from what it used to be.

In 1923, a postwar year in which peace seemed to be secured to the world, the news often seemed to be little more than a picture-book pageant of the period's "wonderful normalcy" —of World Series heroes, movie stars and politics-as-usual. And...

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