To Our Readers: Jun. 10, 1996

Loyal TIME readers have found many uses for our covers. Collectors have wallpapered bathrooms with them, blown them up into posters, stuck them into time capsules as mementos for their children. But few took so seriously the idea of TIME as the first draft of history as did the late U.S. Army Colonel Robert Carter, who wanted his draft signed. This week Sotheby's will auction off 1,925 autographed TIME covers that Carter collected until he died in 1975. Through pleading letters, well-placed intermediaries and sheer doggedness, Carter tracked down artists, astronauts, athletes and war criminals--everyone from Jimmy Hoffa to Winston Churchill....

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