Gravel Switch, Kentucky
A feature in the September 1996 issue of Playboy magazine was titled
"Small-Town Girls" and, with 75 residents, Gravel Switch
In fact, it was the smallest of the dozen towns in the article. The others
ranged in size from a Nebraska town of 141 to a place in Colorado with a
population of 8708. So, in addition to being the home of the country's
oldest family store, Gravel Switch can almost certainly claim the highest
percentage (1.3%) of residents pictured nude in Playboy. And that's not
all that Gravel Switch is famous for. On August 8, 1933, the town bank was
robbed by none other than John Dillinger.
That's local beauty Christy Owens posing on the porch of Penn's Store.
I've found no pictures of the bank robbery.
When I initially posted this page, in October of 2004, the picture at
the right was a clear scan of the Playboy photo. About nine months
later, I received an email message from someone claiming to be Christy
Owens. The message may or may not have been from Christy (It contains
elements that can be used to support both sides of that argument.) but
it made one undeniable claim: I did not have the model's permission to
use the photo. I quickly replaced the picture with a blank panel and
that's how the page remained for several months. I was never entirely
satisfied with that hasty reaction and, while doing maintenance on
other parts of this site, it occurred to me to restore the picture in
distorted form. Yeah, kind of wimpy, I suppose, but it's not my intent
to antagonize. Now I guess I really have something in common with the
Penn's Store web site.