A Letter From The Publisher: may 30, 1969


THE long corridors of Washington's ' old Patent Office Building are ornate reminders of 19th century architecture. But now that the Patent Office has moved, the building reaches even farther into the past. It is the new National Portrait Gallery, and its art affords the visitor an intimate introduction to the giants of American history.

Last week that historical record was brought up to date with the opening of a show devoted to a collection of 86 original TIME covers, all of them portraits of U.S. newsmakers. They are not only portraits of...

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