A Letter From The Publisher, May 30, 1949

En route to the Pacific Coast by plane, the merchandising manager of Abraham & Straus, Brooklyn department store, read a 15-line item in the Business & Finance section of TIME'S February 14 issue (see cut) that made him itch to get to a telephone. The story was a brief account (sent in by a TIME correspondent) of the fact that a Birmingham, Ala. housewife had apparently invented a sewing machine needle that would unrip a seam in the same time that it took to sew it. If true, the Abraham & Straus-man said later,...

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