THE PLAYBOY CLUB BUNNY MANUAL | TSY REQUIRED RETRO READING

The iconic Playboy Bunny is a symbol of the fabulous swinging era of the ’60s & ’70s that Hugh Hefner honed to a razor sharp point in the form of a fuzzy cotton tail that adorned the hostess Bunnies in his famous (or infamous) Playboy clubs that cropped-up around the world. From the pages of the Ex Playboy Bunnies Website (with its trove of photos, btw) is an official hand-typed “The Playboy Club Bunny Manual” which strictly dictates the duties, demeanor, and personal presentation expected of Playboy Bunnies at all times. They were not messing around– this was a buttoned-up operation (on paper at least) that was focused on keeping the Playboy mystique and allure alive– and the Playboy Bunnies were definitely the faces and tails of the Playboy brand.

Keith Richards (background, upper right…) and the Rolling Stones paying a visit to the Playboy Club.

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The original Playboy Bunnies proudly showing their most precious and proudest asset– their iconic bunny tail. The bunnies had to keep their tails cleaned, brushed,  perfumed, and impeccable at all times.

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3 thoughts on “THE PLAYBOY CLUB BUNNY MANUAL | TSY REQUIRED RETRO READING

  1. I think the single most stand out memory I have of the Playboy Club era was the day my best mates dad got his membership and received his ‘ Key ‘ to the NYC club . Getting that ‘ Key ‘ catapulted him to Coolest Dad in the school status immediately , with everyone wanting to see the ‘ Key ‘ first hand . Show & Tell at the HS level …..

    We all then dreamed about the day we’d get our own ‘ Key ‘ Alas by the time we came of age there were no PC’s left to be members of .

    I do remember his dad telling us about all the rules he as a member was given to be followed , including not touching a Bunny , etc etc . Yeah Hugh held down a pretty tight ship at the Clubs … at least from what one could see

    Fascinating post . Thanks .

  2. Could it be the illustrations for The Bunny Manual are the work of Marc Brown, creator of the children’s book and PBS TV Show, Arthur? Just a thought…

  3. As with all your posts, this is an archival glimpse into an ever changing society. This manual, and your blog need to be in the Library Of Congress.

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