#FlashbackFriday – Man’s Country Bathhouse NYC Cable TV Commercial (1970’s) – Video

Man’s Country was a wildly popular bathhouse chain that had branches in New York City and Chicago in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Man’s Country in NYC was located on a residential street in a former office building.

The most interesting thing about Man’s Country was that he main orgy room featured a full sized tractor trailer cab for use to fulfill your trucker fantasies and  have sex on/under/inside, you name it. It was also famous for it’s $1.00 Tuesday night rates, that attracted mammoth numbers of men.

While popular Man’s Country never reached the same popularity level as the downtown St. Marks Baths or the uptown Everard Baths it was well visited to say the least.

Man’s Country NYC closed at the beginning of the AIDS crisis in 1983.

UPDATE 11/26/16:   Man ‘s Country Chicago owner Chuck Renslow announced to his employees that he will be selling the building, which has been around since 1907 and was originally built as a lodge hall.

The Windy City Times article includes a lot of history over the 43 years that Man’s Country has existed. Check it out here.

One paragraph in particular serves as a wonderful summation:

Renslow is rightfully proud to say that for a long while Man’s Country was the finest bathhouse in the country. After 43 years, the eventual closing of these doors will also be the end of an era. For generations Man’s Country stood as a symbol for the evolution of gay liberation and consciousness. Though its original grandeur has tarnished, the value and necessity of this building and it’s place in the evolution of Chicago LGBT history cannot be minimized.

The true end of an era.

5 thoughts on “#FlashbackFriday – Man’s Country Bathhouse NYC Cable TV Commercial (1970’s) – Video

  1. It was 8 floors and had an elevator and was always packed on weekend evenings. Of course, it was more than a gym (as the ad suggests). It was a gay bathhouse and sex club in the late 70’s to early 80’s. It was very hot before Aids reared its ugly head ! They had cages to screw in, dark grope-rooms, private rooms, lockers, deluxe rooms and secluded and darkened areas to do everything and anything ! There was a guy named Paul and he lived on Leroy Street in the West Village and he was a short and hot Jew bottom that took me there one night in 1979. He later died of Aids and in 1987 the city shut down all the bathhouses.

  2. I really like this place. I was turned off back then by the poseur aspect of all the bars and the scene here was so much more unpretentious. Best time was meeting a real cute art history student about my age, 21,we met in the truck but then sat on the bumper and he told me all about the Chicago Surrealist school. We talked for hours in between very passionate kissing, the guy was so adorable I’ll never forget that. Five years later I got a postcard from him from SF that said “I bet you thought I forgot you”. I had not even remembered giving my address on Lexington Ave. It’s so much easier to connect to people when you’re already naked.

  3. i remember this place well from the 1980’s. I was in my early 20’s and it had multiple stories and was one block from Union Square. The sex was hot and they had cages, a simulated truck-top and screw stables on varying floors with an elevator and loads of hot guys before Aids reared its venomous head from the stink-swamp and destroyed the party !

  4. New York City had no fewer than 10 operating bathhouses simultaneously in the late 1970’s and early 80’s, as listed in the Screw newspaper. The city closed them all in 1985-86 as the looming Aids crisis got worse. They were a vibrant and tangible part of gay life and gay liberation in those days. Sadly, a deadly virus reared its ugly head and most were ambivalent to it,…because gay men were primarily effected. To this date, no vaccine has ever been developed to fight it and the drug companies want people on a life-long drug regimen to control it, not cure it. The financial implications are obvious ! Covid-19 got so much attention and multiple vaccines were developed within a year. Why ? Because the general population was at risk,….not primarily gay men. Has this cold, hard fact escaped the attention of many in 2022 ?

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