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Penthouse Jan 1971
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Penthouse January 1971

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Viva Helziger Photographed by Amnon Bar-Tur
Heroin: Napalm, The Ultimate Deterrent
Pete Seeger On "Music Power"
Isaac Asimov Dates The End Of The World: It's Closer Than You Think
Science In The Stars: The Astonishing Facts That Boost Astrology
Pete Seeger interviewed by Charles Childs

 


Penthouse Feb 1971
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Penthouse February 1971

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Cassandra Harrington (Nude) photographed by Bob Guccione
The Love Mart: A Consumer's Guide To History's Top Tarts
Robert Ardrey On Human Antics: An Exclusive Interview by Harvey Segal
The Sexploiters: Cine-Sex In the Seventies Illustrated
Private Life Of A London Prostitute: A Case History That Tells It Like It Is

 


Penthouse Mar 1971
Penthouse March 1971 magazine back issue cover image

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Penthouse March 1971

Features
Covergirl Monica Hill (Nude) photographed by Amnon Bar-Tur
Pet of the Month is Lottie Gunthart photographed by James Baes
Everything You Wanted To Know? A Sexologist's Sharp Retort To Dr. Reuben
Fighting Talk: Top Soldiers On The Military Problems
Redd Foxx Ad Libs: Penthouse Meets The Connoisseur's Comic
Forbidden Treasures - The Kicks (And Kinks) Of Collecting Them

 


Penthouse Apr 1971
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Penthouse April 1971

Features
How To Make Your Mistress Tax Deductible
Penthouse Pet of the Month Jacquie Simmons-Jude Photographed by Amnon Bar-Tur
An ABZ Of The Hegelers (Inge & Sten): Denmark's World-Famed Sexologists Interviewed
Jacqueline Susann On Games Women Play
Girls Of The Enchanted Island: 11 Pages Of Candid Photography

 


Penthouse May 1971
Penthouse May 1971 magazine back issue cover image

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Penthouse May 1971

Features
Covergirl Andrea Rau
Pet of the Month is Billie Rainbird Photographed by Amnon Bar-Tur
Mao's Secret Agents: How Drugs And Sex Serve In Subversion
A Top Inventor Talks: Bill Lear Interviewed by Paul Fillingham
Sounds Of The Seventies
Pet Of The Year: Polling Time For The Penthouse Title

 


Penthouse Jun 1971
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Penthouse June 1971

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Josee Troyat (Nude) photographed by Bob Guccione
How To Kidnap The Vice-President
Change Diet & Change Character?
The Great Hippie Illusion
Prostitution Dublin-Style
Jerome Irving Rodale interviewed by Gay Bryant

 


Penthouse Jul 1971
Penthouse July 1971 magazine back issue cover image

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Penthouse July 1971

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Vida Farthing (Nude) photographed by Bob Guccione
Atoms In 2000 A.D.: Exclusive Interview With Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg, Plutonium's Discoverer by Joseph Trento
Phallus In Wonderland: Nudie Movie's Outsize Hero
A Computer Knows All About You: The Danger In Data Banks
The Sex War In Words

 


Penthouse Aug 1971
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Penthouse August 1971

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Judy Jones (Nude) photographed by Bob Guccione
Why I'm Challenging Nixon By Congressman McCloskey
Professor Eysenck On when You Can't Help What You're Like As A Lover
Alimony Be Damned!
Three's Company: A Scrutiny Of Troilism
Paul (Pete) McCloskey interviewed by David Shaw

 


Penthouse Sep 1971
Penthouse September 1971 magazine back issue cover image
Second Anniversary

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Penthouse September 1971

Features
Covergirl Stephanie McLean (Nude) photographed by Amnon Bar-Tur
Pet of the Month is Maureen Renzen photographed by Bob Guccione and Amnon Bar-Tur
A Dossier on the C.I.A.
Sex in South-East Asia
Colin Wilson on a Prospect of Supermen
An All-American Way to End That War

 


Penthouse Oct 1971
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Back-On-Campus

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Penthouse October 1971

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Helen Caunt (Nude) photographed by Bob Guccione
Political Effects Of The Teen-Age Vote
Charles M. Schulz Of Peanuts (World's Widest-Read Strip) Interviewed by Jim Phelan
A Manifesto On Male Liberation!
Crime Comes To College: An Insider's Expos

 


Penthouse Nov 1971
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Penthouse November 1971

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Lynette Asquith (Nude) photographed by Bob Guccione
White Collar Crime In the U.S.: The Net Tightens
Andy Warhol's Pig In A Poke: Scenes From "Pork"
The Penthouse Casebook: Albert Allis On Male Ego
Erotic Incidents Of History: A New Series
Artie Shaw interviewed by Fred Darwin

 


Penthouse Dec 1971
Penthouse December 1971 magazine back issue cover image
Christmas

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Penthouse December 1971

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Lynn Partington (Nude) photographed by Bob Guccione
Chrysler Boss John J. Riccado
Tom Swift's Wizard Sex
ife With Further Revelations On Freud
the Civil War And Other People's Erotic Fantasies
John J. Riccardo interviewed by Daniel Jedlicka

 

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Penthouse is a men's magazine that was founded by Bob Guccione in 1965. It combines urban lifestyle articles and soft-core pornographic pictorials, that eventually, in the 1990s evolved into hardcore. Although Guccione was American, the magazine was founded in 1965 in the United Kingdom, and started selling Penthouse in the United States in September 1969. At the height of its success, Guccione was considered to be one of the richest men in the United States.

For many years Penthouse fell somewhere in between Playboy and Hustler in terms of explicitness (and respectability). Almost from the start the pictorials showed female genitalia and pubic hair when this was still considered by many to be obscene. Simulated sex, but not penetration or male genitalia, followed, then, several years later, male genitalia, including erections, could be seen. In addition, Penthouse attempted to maintain some level of reading content, although usually of a more sexually oriented nature than Playboy.

Probably the most famous issue of Penthouse was its September 1984 issue, which was the largest selling issue of any magazine in history. This issue featured photos of Vanessa Williams, who was the current Miss America, from early in her modeling career. Williams posed for the series of black and white photos with another female model, engaging in simulated lesbian acts. While Williams' pictures created the most publicity at the time, the issue would later become even more controversial because of its centerfold, Traci Lords. Lords posed nude for this issue at the beginning of her career as an adult film star. It would later be revealed that Lords was underage throughout most of her career in pornography and was only fifteen when she posed for Penthouse. As a result, the issue is illegal to own if the centerfold is intact, falling under the laws against child pornography. The September 1984 issue also featured an interview with John Travolta, a feature on Boy George, and a pictorial on a pornographic actress, Hyapatia Lee.

In 1992, an issue between the magazine and United States Navy surfaced. The United States Navy reacted negatively on the issues of circulation and distribution around the military base. Distribution and sale of adult titles is said to be inconsistent with the rules and regulations concerning sexual harassment and human dignity.

The Military Honor and Decency Act signed by President Clinton in 1996 stated that the Secretary of Defense may not permit the sale or rental of sexually explicit material on property under the jurisdiction of the Defense Department. Also, a 1998 Supreme Court ruling held that a military base is not a public forum.

In 1998, caught between the widespread availability of pornography on the Internet and the growing popularity of non-explicit "men's magazines" like Maxim, Penthouse decided to change its format and began featuring sexually explicit pictures (ie: actual oral and vaginal penetration). It also began to regularly feature pictorials of female models urinating, which up until then had been considered a defining limit of illegal obscenity as distinguished from legal pornography. The new format ended up losing subscriptions and newsstand circulation for the magazine.

Videocassettes gained popularity and the steady rise of the Internet are some reasons that caused the steady decline of Penthouse Magazine circulation and other pornographic magazines like Playboy Magazine and Hustler Magazine. The Internet provided a cheaper and multiple avenues of satisfaction for customers who sought privacy. After struggling for years, in April 2002, Guccione announced that Penthouse Magazine was going out of business.

On July 2003, Bob Guccione lost his famous Penthouse Mansion. The mansion was composed of two townhouses built in 1879. Rebuilt in 1920s by Jeremiah Milbank, it was one of the largest private residences in Manhattan. At the height of prestige, Guccione bought the mansion in 1975.

On August 12, 2003, General Media, the parent company of the magazine, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In October 2003, it was announced that Penthouse magazine was being put up for sale as part of a deal with its creditors. In October 2003, an announcement of the sale of Penthouse Magazine circulated.

On October 4, 2004, General Media emerged from bankruptcy and was renamed the Penthouse Media Group. It is now owned by Marc Bell, a south Florida real-estate developer, who intends to soften the content of the magazine.

Starting with the January 2005 issue, Penthouse Magazine no longer showed pictures of an explicit nature, being touted as an alternative to FHM Magazine. Penthouse Magazine nixed explicitly nude photos of male and female genitalia. The change improved the declining sales. However, sales still did not reach the same circulation numbers of Penthouse Magazine at the peak of the magazine.

In 2005, Penthouse Media Group had a total circulation of 326,358 copies. Penthouse Magazine continues to increase sales as it works to become a competitor of the adult entertainment genre.

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