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pieces of equipment, builds buildings, issues stamps, owns
trucks, planes, boats, and many of the things purchased by it
don't present a very well-designed or attractive image. Even
the letter paper of the government departments can be made to
look more authoritative and more attractive if the design was
I urged him to see Raymond Loewy, who had done
a series of design suggestions which I presented to him in a
small book, to improve the image of the federal government, from
a visual point of view, and also to have surveys made of
the purchases of many departments in order not only to have the
things purchased better designed, but also less expensive and
more serviceably designed.
I said, “I know that you're very visual-minded
and that this can't help but appeal to you,” which is true.
And he said, “Well, I don't know when I'm going to do anything
about it, though. I don't know why I haven't got any time.
And I don't know when I'll ever see him. But I agree with you.”
Then we had some other conversation about
various things. It was a wonderful late twilight, and the
sun was just sinking behind the Jefferson Memorial, which you
could just sort of feel in the distance, in the landscape outside
his office. We had some general conversation, and I left.
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