Tuesday, July 24, 2007

July 24, 1959 - The Nixon/Khrushchev Kitchen Debate



I find the "Kitchen Debate" fascinating because the weighty issues of world peace and atomic destruction were discussed within the placid setting of an American kitchen.

The newsreel footage mentions that the event is being recorded on COLOR videotape, a futuristic technology for the time period, now a standard feature on cellphones and laptop computers.

I love the architecture of the building for the American Exposition. The dome reminds me of the 1964 World Fair and Disney's Tomorrowland.

Who would have thought that washing machines and blenders would provoke such a reaction?

Maybe those color schemes of the 1950s shocked Khrushchev's senses.

Wikipedia has more detail about the Kitchen Debate.

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