A Historical Background Of Playboy Magazine

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Playboy Magazine continues to be the premiere American adult magazine selling over one million copies every month in the U.S., fifty-three years after its inaugural issue. Indeed Playboy magazine has surpassed the true test of time from its first issue in 1953 with none other than Marilyn Monroe as the centerfold. Despite getting banned from various countries due to explicit pictures of its female models, Playboy magazines sales continue to increase.

Playboy Magazine was founded by Hugh Hefner (affectionately known as Hef) and his associates who formed Playboy Enterprises, Inc. Hef, initially wanted to name his magazine Stag Party, obviously aiming for male readers. However, Stag Company had patented the name and threatened to sue Hefner and his associates if they proceeded to use the trademarked name. After discussing the problem they decided to think of another name. One of Hefs associates suggested the name playboy, from the Playboy Automobile Company where he previously worked.

And so in December 1953, the first issue of Playboy Magazine was published bearing no name, since Hefner was not sure at that time whether a second issue would be published. The first...

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