TLS signed “Hugh M. Hefner,” one page, 8.5 x 11, Stag Party letterhead, September 19, 1953. Letter to Charles B. Blanchard of Little, Brown & Company, in part: "Thank you for your letter of September 8th with the information on The Indoor Bird Watcher's Manual and the good news about Erskine Caldwell's stories. I am interested in 'The Courting of Susie Brown,' 'The Night My Old Man Came Home,' 'New Cabin,' 'Autumn Courtship,' 'Over The Green Mountains,' 'Carnival,' 'The Albino and Darling Jill' from God's Little Acre and 'Romantically Inclined' from Episode in Palmetto. I hope these are available and that most of them fall at the lower end of the fee range you mention. Any possibility of saving some on each story by agreeing to use several? Trying to produce a magazine with one eye on quality and the other on a small-type of budget can give a guy an acute case of eye strain." He goes on to inquire about permission to use stories by William Bradford Huie and John O'Hara. In fine condition, with a short tear to the upper left edge. Hefner originally intended Playboy to be called Stag Party, but changed the name before the first issue after being threatened with a trademark infringement lawsuit by Stag magazine.
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