A Letter From The Publisher, Aug. 30, 1954

When Artist Guy Rowe ("Giro") is not working on a cover painting for TIME —such as this week's portrait of Burma's Premier U Nu— he likes to take a brushman's holiday and sketch faces elsewhere. One of his favorite hangouts is in the upper reaches of mid-Manhattan— a nondescript restaurant which is a popular early-morning gathering place for a strange group of customers that ranges from cab drivers and nightwatchmen to bookies and brokendown prizefighters. To these customers, who are either starting their day or ending their night, Guy is just a small man with exceedingly bright eyes, bushy brows and...

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