A Letter From The Publisher, Jun. 26, 1972

MOST manufacturers of "name" consumer goods adore publicity for the obvious reason; Polaroid and its president, Edwin Land, have always preferred strict privacy. So it was with a sense of duty rather than hope that Correspondent Philip Taubman began coaxing cooperation from Polaroid last January. It was not until April that Taubman began to make headway. Then he found that the company "was like a virgin who can't decide how far to go on her first serious date."

Scientists and engineers went far enough. They showed Taubman plans and laboratories never before seen by a journalist. He was even dressed in white...

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