A Letter From The Publisher, Aug. 17, 1942

To answer some of the questions subscribers are asking about how TIME gathers, verifies, organizes and writes its news

It is a very sobering thing for our editors to read on this week's cover that more than a million U.S. families are now turning to TIME each week for a clearer understanding.

In all the history of publishing only one other magazine has ever reached even 300,000 circulation—at $5.00 a year—and it certainly would have cheered TIME'S founders as they watched TIME'S first copies slowly peeling off a little flat bed press back in 1923 if they had had any assurance that TIME'S...