American National Exhibition in Moscow is "a hit"
It's A Hit The publicity surrounding the slang-ing-match between Mr. Nixon and Mr. Khrushchev at the opening of the American fair in Moscow has driven from the news columns much mention of the fair itself. It is a prodigious effort representing millions of dollars in Government and private funds, untold hours of work by organizers, in formation specialists and business men. The private aspect is pne of the most significant. More than 800 firms, and a number of trade organizations like the publishing, automobile and fashion industries, have chipped in at great cost, and as a patriotic duty, to show off the products of a free-enterprise society. It is the first such show since the Bolshevik Revolution. One would love to be a Russian- speaking kibitzer on the fair-grounds today, listening to the reactions of the apparently rather carefully selected Muscovites who have' obtained the coveted tickets. Reports indicate that the fair is a runaway success, even with those who don't believe the evidence of their eyes. Accustomed as they are to material shortages in many consumer goods, and to the advance touting of prototypes of goods which may not show up in the open market for many years, many of those who see the fair will discount a lot of it as propaganda. But it cannot fail to have its effect, especially in the matter of design. In furniture and other domestic articles, Russian taste and production still seem Vjctorian and stodgy to most Western visitors. The clean, modern line we take for granted will often be novel and interesting. For the rest, the fact that every American in Moscow is apparently being besieged by would-be ticket-buyers seems to speak for itself.