A Letter From The Publisher, May 12, 1947

Lately, there has been a degree of politeness in the elevators here in the TIME & LIFE Building that would be considered extraordinary anywhere. Practically everyone has had a sore arm or a sore leg—the result of vaccination for smallpox—and an understandable desire to protect them from sudden onslaught.

Like some 6,000,000 other New Yorkers, the staff of TIME Inc. underwent this mass vaccination during the recent threatened smallpox epidemic. There were no serious casualties, although the TIME & LIFE Medical Department—assisted by a private physician and serum from the Willard Parker laboratories—put in a grueling week vaccinating about 1,000 of us.

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