The Press: Amerika for the Russians

To help win the war, the U.S. sent Russia some $10,800,000,000 worth oi Lend-Lease supplies. To help the Russians understand their American allies better the U.S. last year launched two Russian-language magazines, produced by OWI and sold throughout the U.S.S.R. Amerika was pocket-size, crammed with informative, uplifting articles. Appearing in alternate months, as a change of diet, was a handsome, 80-page, slick-paper, LiFE-size magazine called Amerika Illiustrirovannoye (America Illustrated).

Little Amerika left the Russians cold; Amerika Illustrated was hot stuff. They liked its eye-filling pictures of Arizona deserts, TVA dams, the white steeples of a Connecticut town, Radio City, the Blue-grass country,...

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