A Letter From The Publisher, Sep. 20, 1954

The picture below was taken at night from a plane flying over an East Detroit avenue lined with neonlatticed used-car lots. For the same shot in color (and seven pages of "The U.S. After Dark"), see this week's color spread—the first such aerial color pictures ever taken.

When TIME'S Art Director Mike Phillips first planned the layout, the experts said it could not be done. But Phillips remembered one photographer who might be willing to give it a try: George Hunter of Ottawa, who does a lot of aerial photography in Canada, and who has taken on such TIME as signments as...

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