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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Photos by My Father, Chicago and New York, 1960s

Photos by My Father

    







 

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  1. The Playboy Mansion on the Gold Coast of Chicago. I think even Kubla Khan would have been envious of Mr. Hefner's Pleasure Dome. And the latter could also have taught the former something about hedonism - 1960s American style.

    If there ever was a man who had it all, then he is captured here at his zenith in your father's photos.

    I've heard that Hef never left this setup for two or three years - he didn't need to - the world came to him. Why bother going outside?

    Work? No problem - Hef edited his magazine in his bedroom wearing silk pajamas sitting on his round bed drinking countless Pepsi Colas. And an endless parade of eager celebrities and sycophants showed up night and day to worship him (to say nothing of the dozens of gorgeous Bunnies who lived conveniently in an upstairs dormitory. When the Rolling Stones stayed in the mansion, Keith Richards described it as a brothel.) Food? Gourmet chefs were on call 24/7 in his 4 Star kitchen - you get the picture.

    That's the actor Hugh O'Brien standing beside a very satisfied looking Hef, and of course, Richard Pryor is next to someone who looks like Twiggy (?).

    The small standing female nude statue is by Ernest Trova - a popular sculptor of the era.

    And as they say, those were the days, my friend.

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    1. I think the bunny is Sharon Stone.

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    2. I see the resemblance, but these photos were taken in the 60s; Sharon Stone turned twelve in 1970.

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    3. Yes, on second thought, I agree. Additionally, the only picture that truly resembles Stone is the profile picture.


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  2. Let me be the first to say Hugh Hefner was a creep. He makes my skin crawl. And don’t even get me started on the whole playboy bunny thing.

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    1. The mansion's front door had a big brass knocker engraved in Latin the words: "Si non Validam, non anulus." (If you don't swing, don't ring.), so I guess you wouldn't have been attending any of his wild parties.

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    2. Thanks for the entertaining photographs! It's not as if Hugh Hefner invented hedonism, but effectively monetized it. ;) I'm surprised that there wasn't a Tudor Rose by the front door...

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    3. Opps ... the Latin on the door should read: "Si Non Oscillas, Noli Tintinnare" (same meaning). Never was any good at that language.

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  3. Our elites were decadent then, resulting in today's calamity.

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    1. Well said! That whole phony Playboy lifestyle was a male-centric perversion. Women are not sexual objects for a man's satisfaction. Hefner became a pitiful parody of himself as he got older. The Playboy lifestyle helped lay the groundwork for the popularity of porn today.

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    2. Don't blame it on the men....these women were willing participants. I know a woman who left her parents house at 18 (forget college!) and made her way to the Playboy Mansion where she was a very popular bunny who even got to be a centerfold several times. What I couldn't believe was that her parents encouraged it.

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  4. While I tend to be nostalgic, I am glad we have left this behind. Nonetheless, the photos are excellent, capturing what it was.

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    1. Do you really believe that we have left this behind?
      I agree great photos

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    2. We have left the Playboy Club and Hugh Hefner behind. There is still plenty of denigrating and dehumanizing behavior, wretched excess, and senseless over-indulgent partying.

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  5. My niece (an actor on a popular television crime show) was asked to pose for Playboy magazine a few years ago as its readership declined. Glad she didn't. I thought Hefner was a vapid creep.

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  6. Hefner's face reminds me of Notre Dame's gargoyles.

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