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Penthouse Jan 1975
Penthouse January 1975 magazine back issue cover image

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Penthouse January 1975

Features
Covergirl Annette Kirkwood (Nude) photographed by Hans Larsson
Pet of the Month is Juliet Morris photographed by Jeff Dunas
The C.I.A.: Top Official Exposes Mass Murder. Censorship. Political Corruption
Prepare To Meet Thy Doom: A No-Kidding Course In Survival
Viet Prostitute Training School: Wham, Bam... According To Plan
Whatever Happened To Tim Leary

 


Penthouse Feb 1975
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Penthouse February 1975

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Lona Simpson (Nude) photographed by Bob Guccione
Baby Hookers: Child Prostitutes Of The 70's
Politicians: Who's Who In Prison Today
Gold: Hit Or Myth
Trash: Mediocrity Is The Message
Harry Browne interviewed by Ken Kelley

 


Penthouse Mar 1975
Penthouse March 1975 magazine back issue cover image

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Penthouse March 1975

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Susan Ryder (Nude) photographed by Bob Guccione
La Costa: Syndicate In The Sun
The Buying Of America: Foreign Money Moves In
The Happy Hustler: A Male Hooker Tells It All
Vietnam Veterans: Exclusive Penthouse Poll On Amnesty
Studs Terkel interviewed by Abe Peck

 


Penthouse Apr 1975
Penthouse April 1975 magazine back issue cover image

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Penthouse April 1975

Features
Covergirl Judy Clayton (Nude) photographed by Jeff Dunas
Pet of the Month is Signe Berger photographed by Earl Miller
Lee Harvey Oswald Was Innocent
Gore Vidal On The Tyranny Of The Female Orgasm
The Tumescent Taxi: Sex In The Backseat
Babes Of The Golden West: New Drug Rip-Off

 


Penthouse May 1975
Penthouse May 1975 magazine back issue cover image

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Penthouse May 1975

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Ava Gallay (Nude) photographed by Jeff Dunas
Gentlemen Killers Of The CIA
Where The Spies Are: A Penthouse Memo To Senate CIA Investigators
Wicked Wanda Is Back!!!
E. Howard Hunt: An Exhaustive Interview With the CIA Superspy by Ken Kelley

 


Penthouse Jun 1975
Penthouse June 1975 magazine back issue cover image

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Penthouse June 1975

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Wendy Blodgett (Nude) photographed by Bob Guccione
Henry Kissinger's Secret Intelligence Empire
Breakthrough: The Twenty-Minute Orgasm
Director John Schlesinger Celebrates "The Day Of The Locust"
Pet Of The Year Play-Off
John Schlesinger interviewed by Ken Kelley

 


Penthouse Jul 1975
Penthouse July 1975 magazine back issue cover image

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Penthouse July 1975

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Jane Hargrave (Nude) photographed by Bob Guccione
The Spy Among Us: Your Privacy Or Your Life
Cesar Chavez: Biggest Little Man In the World
In Praise Of The Southern Bitch
How Marilyn Chambers Lost Her Virginity And Other Tawdry Tales
Cesar Chavez interviewed by Richard Ballad

 


Penthouse Aug 1975
Penthouse August 1975 magazine back issue cover image

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Penthouse August 1975

Features
Pet of the Month is Marguerite Cordier photographed by Bob Guccione
The CIA's Murder By Proxy: Have Guns, Will Travel
The Oswald - FBI Cover-Up
Johnny Cash: Interview With The King Of Country Music by Larry Linderman

 


Penthouse Sep 1975
Penthouse September 1975 magazine back issue cover image
Anniversary

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Penthouse September 1975

Features
Covergirl & Pet of the Month Centerfold Michelle Stevens photographed by Jeff Dunas
The CIA's Secret War In Laos
The Nostalgia Nuts: Stuck In The Sixties
Rock Sex: A Supergroupie Spills All
Framed: Penthouse Interviews Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

 


Penthouse Oct 1975
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Penthouse October 1975

Features
Covergirl Anneka De Lorenzo (Nude) photographed by Bob Guccione
Pet of the Month is Anne Peters photographed by Jeff Dunas
CIA And The Rape Of Chile
Out Of This World: The Reality Of Astral Projection
President Allende's Widow Talks To Penthouse
Pet Of The Year: Eat Your Heart Out, America

 


Penthouse Nov 1975
Penthouse November 1975 magazine back issue cover image

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Penthouse November 1975

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Bonnie Dee Wilson (Nude) photographed by Bob Guccione
America's $10 Billion Espionage Secret
Matti Golan On why His Kissinger Book Was Banned
The Sex Chain Letter: Here Comes The Postman
Cheyenne Autumn: The Great Indian Rip-Off
Matti Golan interviewed by Len Stone

 


Penthouse Dec 1975
Penthouse December 1975 magazine back issue cover image
Christmas

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Penthouse December 1975

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Susan Waide (Nude) photographed by Eddie Adams
The Phoenix Murders - The CIA's Deadliest Blunder Yet
Behind The Lace Curtain - A Super Groupies Fetish For The Unmentionable
The Wardens - Our Prison Monarchy
The Secrets Of The Bermuda Vagina
Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding interviewed by Bob Shewchuk and Andre Nigolo

 


Penthouse Hol 1975
Penthouse Loving Couples I, 1975 magazine back issue cover image
Loving Couples I

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Penthouse Loving Couples I, 1975

Features
Collectors Edition
Loving Couples

 

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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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