Mad Men’s Crista Flanagan has taken it all off for the pages of Playboy Magazine, according to Mail Online.
This is not the same Crista seen as she answers the switch board in the AMC hit show, Mad Men. Crista plays Louis Sadler in the 1960’s retro show. The 34 year old appears on Mad Men as a typical switch board operator from that era, but in Playboy she is anything but typical!
This plain and usual appearing phone answering lady appears very different in the eight page spread dedicated to this era. Crista graces the pages in this 60’s style photo shoot which also “pays homage to martini’s and naked secretaries” according to the Playboy Magazine cover, which can be seen here.
The Mad Men series has become one of the most popular shows on TV in the past few years. It’s realistic depiction of life in a typical 1960’s home and work place is most likely the draw to this show. It was during a time when women were “housewives” and on the brink of breaking away from being subservient.
This upper middle class 60’s portrayal of what home life was like is fascinating . The kids could mix martini’s for their parents before entering high school. When the parent’s entertained, it was a honor to have the oldest child mix up a batch of martini’s that the guests would critique.
It was during a time when people smoked like chimneys in their office buildings, grocery stores, and even in the doctor’s office. The cast can usually be seen lighting up frequently, which was the way things were done back then.
Many of the homes that the advertising executives would travel home to after a hard day at the ad agency were located in Connecticut. Connecticut has long been a bedroom community for the New York businessmen and in later decades, business women.
The one car family started the morning with a breakfast made by the wife just before she would drive her husband to the many train stations lining the Connecticut railways. Milford, Stratford, Bridgeport, Westport, and Greenwich are just a few of the communities called home by the exec’s that held high paying jobs in NYC.
The husband’s work day ended when the wife would retrieve him from the train station she left him at in the morning. He did not need to lift a finger once returning home, with the dinner ready for him and children instructed to give daddy “winding down” time.
The show gives a clear snap shot of life in the 60’s and it is entertaining to compare today’s way of life to a time that was half a century gone by.
References: Mail Online, Playboy Online