A Letter From The Publisher, may 4, 1959

IN Topsham, Me. (pop. 3,500), Colonel Robert F. Carter, a 60-year-old West Pointer, is busily pursuing a hobby that reaches into the past and the future and extends around the world. Colonel Carter's determination is to read every article that has ever appeared in TIME. In the past three years, the retired Army officer has collected all but about 70 of the 1,887 issues TIME has published since it began on March 3, 1923.

To add zest to his collecting, Colonel Carter has had 863 TIME covers autographed by the cover subjects. Before he is...

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