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Photograph shows people at the boat display at the USSR Exhibition in Sokolniki Park, Moscow, next to the American National Exhibition. (Source: Arianne Kouri, 2013)
Title from contact sheet folder.
Contact sheet folder caption: "USSR Moscow, Temporary Russian Exhibition, 8/5/59, TOH."
Caption from USN&WR logbook: "Nixon's trip to Russia, July-Aug, 1959."
U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection.
Contact sheet available for reference purposes: USN&WR COLL - Job no. 2871, frame 26.
Published in: Display: The 1959 USA/USSR Exhibitions in Sokolniki Park, Moscow / Arianne Kouri. M.S. Thesis, Columbia University, May 2012, p. 98.
The exhibit was sponsored by the American government, and it followed a similar Soviet Exhibit in New York City earlier that year. It featured many displays of the latest "home appliances, fashions, television and hi-fi sets, a model house priced to sell [to] an 'average' family, farm equipment, 1959 automobiles, boats, sporting equipment and a children’s playground, this exhibit was intended to narrow the gap between the Americans and the Soviets and improve the political relations between them. The various displays of the exhibit were all successful in promoting the American way of life as superior to the Communist regime and lifestyle. For instance, the model of the modern kitchen was a great attraction for most visitors and even sparked the infamous "Kitchen Debate."