18 February 2012

Playboy matchbook 1961

Hugh Hefner published the first Playboy magazine in 1953 with Marilyn Monroe on the cover and the rest was history. After the growth of magazine's popularity, Hefner opened a casino bar, The Playboy Club, the first in Chicago in 1960 and then subsequently New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London and many more. The Playboy bunny logo with bow-tie became an instantly recognisable symbol of the 1960s, and people now collect all the merchandise. Here is my Playboy matchbook, dated 1961. On the side it reads "Diamond Match DIV. Chicago, Illinois." so I presume this matchbook could be one from the first Playboy Club?

Here are some pics of Playboy in it's prime

From Life magazine 1969

The chicago Playboy Club in 1966

Cheryl from The Chicago Playboy Club 1964

Two Bunny Girls take part in the Good Friday waiters and waitresses race
 in Battersea Festival Garden, London 1972

Bunny Girls on the roof of the Playboy Club, London 1976

1 comment:

  1. Lovely pictures, thank you for posting them.