National Geographic : 1959 Dec
Moscow Mother and Daughter Indulge in American Hairdos Communism's praise of strong backs and callused hands lost a round when fairgoers saw Western beauty operators in action. Women pressed in so eagerly for free demon strations that ropes were put up to protect the pavilion. Crowds grew so enthusiastic that Rus sian authorities banned further treatments except for American women associated with the fair. A girl in the crowd (opposite, lower) gazes re flectively at a display of beauty aids. Some wist ful viewers asked, "Can the wives of American workers afford such things?" Soviet standards allow a severe sort of primp to refuse, but they insisted. "I've spent a good deal of time in markets like that one, and I've found that people like it if you eat something that's on sale there. Well, the only thing available at the moment was a big barrel of dill pickles. I picked out a nice pickle and tried to buy it, but they wouldn't take my money. The stallkeeper in sisted I take it as a gift. So I thanked her and ate it. It was delicious. "I went on through the market, and every where I stopped, people would gather to as sure me of their desire for peace and friend ship. The only trouble was that word had gotten around that I liked dill pickles. Every time I passed a stand where they were avail able-and this is the season-someone insisted on making me a present!"