This partly comes out of nowhere, but an email from a colleague asking me about which political figures in the 1950s were known to have mistresses reminded me of the Sordsman's Club. [yes, the spelling is right - not sportsmen's and no 'w' for swordsmen's either.]
I read about it in A B McKillop's great book, Pierre Berton: a Biography. Part of the book is on Google books, but do buy it here as it's well worth the money.
What was the Sordsman's Club?
At a certain point in the meeting, the men would go and stand behind a woman of their choosing and what happened next isn't hard to imagine. Some would head off upstairs.Sometimes it was even crazier, ranging far beyond the hotel. Berton tells of one Friday afternoon trip off in a friend's fixed up B-52 bomber down to
for the weekend. New York
At any rate, it is a fascinating 'entrée into life of the cultural and business elite in the early 1960s. No word on whether the women ever got to choose themselves, aside from saying 'no'. One assumes not, alas.