From Fourth International, vol.6 No.2, February 1945, p.34.
Transcribed, marked up & formatted by Ted Crawford & David Walters in 2008 for ETOL.
We welcome S. Struthers, our new Detroit agent. In the first letter to us a description is given how Detroit intends to increase monthly sales of Fourth International.
“I am now in charge of selling Fourth International in Detroit. Sales have been lagging and we would like to make our members and sympathizers more conscious of the magazine. In order to do this I would like to have a talk prepared in advance so that when our bundle orders come in I can give our visitors and members a summary of the contents. I wonder if it would be possible for you to send me a copy of the FI every month as soon as it comes off the press.”
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An excellent method for utilizing back issues of Fourth International is reported by H. Mason, Detroit:
“We started a new policy that looks like it will prove successful. We have on hand a number of back issues of Fourth International which we have started selling at meetings dealing with a particular subject in the magazine. At a small union meeting the other night our agent sold three copies of the October issue with the UAW Convention article in it.”
Other branches will undoubtedly be able to duplicate Detroit’s success.
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The steady rise in newsstand sales has resulted fn an all-time high for Los Angeles. Al Lynn, our agent, reports:
“Enclosed you will find a check in payment for the December issue of the FI. This was another record-breaking issue for us. We had placed 65 copies on our three downtown stands; in the last week we found that they had all sold out and we placed another 6 copies of which 4 more were sold. This is the first time in our history here that these three main stands all sold out ... Could you please send us another 10 copies.
“Latest reports show another 13 FIs sold on the Hollywood stands, 1 on an East Side Stand, and with San Pedro still to report. We have made another record.”
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Sandy Robertson, our New York agent, also reports record breaking newsstand sales for the December issue:
“Three of the biggest stands sold out completely and one of the dealers said it was too bad he didn’t have more magazines because a lot of people were looking for it. The dealer on a 14th Street stand said that the December issue must have been something very special because it sold so well.”
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Toledo has ordered bound volumes of Fourth International and The Militant for “as far back as they are available.” These bound volumes are for the Toledo Branch library.
We have bound volumes of Fourth International and The Militant beginning from 1938 up to date. The material contained in these volumes is invaluable for an understanding of living Marxism. No branch library is complete. without a full set. Don’t put off getting these bound volumes; send in your order today.
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A reader of Fourth International in Canada wants to make certain that he gets a bound volume for 1943. He sent us $4.50 to cover costs, stating: “Please set aside the 1943 volume of the FI for me. Someday the ban will be lifted.” The Canadian postal authorities, we might explain, still prohibit the entry of Trotskyist literature into Canada.
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Another reader, at present in Egypt, also wants the bound volumes:
“I hope sometime to buy bound volumes of the magazine and to that end would welcome from you details and prices (postpaid to England) of bound volumes of Fourth International which are still available.
“1 have sent off money by airmail for future orders of literature. No doubt you have already received and dealt with my request that you put my friend in Teheran on the mailing list for The Militant and FI. I would like you to take payment for that from the money as well as the cost of the following new subscriptions for friends of mine in India.”
Appreciation for the FI is expressed in letters from below the Equator.
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