Americana on Display in Moscow

If you’ve never heard of the American National Exhibition in Moscow of 1959 – or even if you think you know everything there is to know about it – Matt Novak has a wonderful, wide-ranging essay on the Exhibition.

A few highlights:

  • Strom Thurmond successfully quashed plans for an interracial portion of the Exhibition fashion show.
  • Half of the student guides were actually employees of RAND, CIA, or other government agencies
  • The high-tech features of the RCA/Whirlpool Miracle Kitchen were actually controlled by radio by a man behind a two-way mirror.

Go take a look.

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