Mad Men needs a bridge club

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To be authentic 1960s that is. Mad Men  is Time Magazine’s cover story in its current issue (April 7) and I’m addicted to Mad Men ever since the end of its 2d year. It bothers me, however, that for a TV series so scrupulous about its 1960s ambiance Betty doesn’t have a bridge club where she can vent about Don.

I once posted at a “fans of Mad Men” blog about this lack of bridge-playing in a decade when the couples portrayed would typically play bridge. I was there! There was the ladies-only bridge club for suburban ladies (like Betty). And surely Mad Men should have shown at least one get-together of the couples for dinner and a bridge game afterwards?

There was a response to my post back then claiming that cards were played in an early episode, before I got addicted. Perhaps the writers/researchers for the series did try to include playing bridge in their evocation of the 1960s but Googled and found no paper trail? I know that’s what I discovered back in the 80s trying to write my book about bridge — no paper trail from the one and only organization (ACBL) one could expect would have it.

To come up with any evidence that millions of women (and men) played social bridge during those decades ever existed–it was a pop culture icon of the 50s and 60s–one had to search back into cookbooks and women’s magazines of the 20s thru the 70s (as I did).

It’s way too late–the last year of Mad Men starts on Sunday night, April 13–or I’d send a letter to Time AND Mad Men’s producer.

Anybody out there who was, say, 20 in 1960 (around 75 or older) with bridge memories to share from the 1960s??


Note: Newcomers to my website (or oldtimers) — Bridge Table Chronicles is now readable by clicking on Bridge or Sociable Bridge above. Previous blogs of this new series–The Bridge Table–will be kept at 2014. The Ladies Bridge Lunch and Nonagenarian Notions series from Bridge Table Chronicles can be found under Archives (right).


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