A Brief History of Playboy Magazine

A professional image of Hugh Hefner

Playboy Magazine, originally supposed to be titled ‘Stag Party’ is a men’s American entertainment and lifestyle magazine created by Hugh Hefner and originally published in December of 1953. Hugh Hefner, who was inspired to conceive the publication after purchasing a photo of Marilyn Monroe from her 1949 nude calendar shoot, Hefner later featured this photo on the very first issue of Playboy.

The first issue had no monthly cover date as Hugh Hefner wasn’t sure when he’d be able to release a follow-up. The first issue of Playboy was conjured up in Hugh Hefner’s small apartment in Chicago.

How it all happened

The project was funded by $8000 Hefner had raised from selling furniture, a bank loan, borrowing money from people he knew and a $1000 from his mother. An image of a woman that works for playboy

The issue, written by Hugh, hit the stands with a strong presence selling over 50,000 copies in its first month.

Playboys signature semi-nude and nude centrefolds, referred to as ‘Playmates’ are the staple of the magazine, however the general lifestyle and entertainment magazine has, of course, many other interesting articles to read.

During the course of its long-running monthly life, Playboy magazine has published respected and notable novelists such as James Bond creator Ian Flemming and famous children’s writer ‘Roald Dahl’ famous for such stories as Matilda, James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

It’s not only writers who make it however, Playboy magazine has regularly published artists, architects, composers, economists, conductors, journalists, film directors, actors, playwrights, religious and political figures, sports celebrities and general public figures.

A Quote from Hugh

‘’ I Like to think the magazines presence provided the city with an edge, a reminder to the rest of America that the first steps of the sexual revolution took place at a card table at 6052 S. Harper Avenue., ran wild in a state street mansion and grew into a global presence on Michigan Avenue visible to anyone driving down lake shore drive’’. – Hugh Hefner

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