A Letter From The Publisher, Oct. 25, 1954

Recently TIME Correspondent Ramelle MaCoy of our Bonn Bureau drove into Russian-occupied East Germany to visit the Leipzig international trade fair. After his trip, he reported the impact his American automobile had made on East German audiences:

MY 1954 plastic-topped "Skyliner" Ford (blue and ivory) was unquestionably one of the biggest hits of the Leipzig fair. It was rivaled only by a Rolls-Royce and a two-toned Oldsmobile convertible that arrived in Leipzig just before I left.

Driving slowly through the streets I could hear involuntary gasps of surprise and admiration from people who happened...

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