A Letter From The Publisher, Jan. 18, 1954

On a recent Tuesday morning a phone rang in one of TIME'S Manhattan offices. It was a call from the Circulation Department asking for a job to be done in a hurry. The job was a letter, which had to be printed and in the mail within three days. Could it be done? The answer was yes. Two days later, 160,000 finished letters were on their way and two handy little machines were folding and inserting more letters into envelopes for mailing at the rate of 4,000 an hour.

The office that handled this particular...

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