A Letter From the Publisher: Jan. 21, 1985

In March 1951, Time Inc. Editor-in-Chief Henry Luce directed that from then on at least one color page should appear in every issue of TIME. Four-color photographs had made their debut in the magazine years before Luce's decree (in a 1934 survey of U.S. Depression-era painting, including Grant Wood's classic, American Gothic). But color was expensive, not always accurate and + required such a long time from photo to printed page that it was used only to illustrate feature stories.

Over the ensuing years, as the technology of both photography and printing improved, TIME's commitment to color grew. By 1975 TIME...

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