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Celebrate the Mad Men Season Premiere in ’60s Style
The sixth season of AMC’s hit show Mad Men premieres on Sunday, April 7. If you’re interested in throwing a historically accurate premiere party, or you just want to learn more about the 1960s, NYPL offers plenty of groovy resources.
Just how accurate can you be in staging a premiere party? The real question is what moment in time will Season 6 rejoin the lives of Mad Men’s fictional characters. Although AMC is remaining mum on how much time has passed since the end of Season 5, it does acknowledge that a time jump occurs. Based on the fact that Season 5 ended around Easter of 1967, and promos for Season 6 include Christmas decorations, show aficionados at NYPL are guessing that the narrative will pick up in late 1967.
Whether Season 6 picks up before or after the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (June, 1967), to celebrate the show you should make sure that you and your pad are sporting a far out look. For inspiration on retro outfits and décor, check out these books in our catalog:
- Everyday Fashions of the Sixties (as Pictured in Sears Catalogs)
- The Sixties: Decade of Design Revolution
- Furniture and Interiors of the 1960s
- The Fashion File: Advice, Tips, and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of Mad Men
For sixties-era food and drink recipes, we have several copies of the Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook, by Judy Gelman, including an eBook version (hint: place a hold soon—it’s likely that all copies will be checked out before you know it!). You might also be inspired by NYPL’s digitized copies of menus and other materials from restaurants mentioned on the show. While you’re at it, help transcribe other menus for our “What’s On the Menu?” project:
- Danny’s Hide A Way (mentioned in Season 5, Episode 8, “Lady Lazarus”)
- Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant (mentioned in Season 5, Episode 8, “Lady Lazarus”)
- Lutece (mentioned in Season 2, Episode 3, "The Benefactor")
- Peking House (mentioned in Season 4, Episode 2, "Christmas Comes But Once a Year")
- La Caravelle (mentioned in Season 4, Episode 12, "Blowing Smoke")
After your premiere party, as the season unfolds, be sure to follow the regularly-updated Mad Men reading list and other related posts by Billy Parrott at the Mid-Manhattan Library.
Also stop by the Mid-Manhattan library, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 40th Street, to see a Mad Men-themed Picture Collection exhibition.