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Penthouse Jan 1986
Penthouse January 1986 magazine back issue cover image
Pet of the Year

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Penthouse January 1986

Features
Covergirl Cody Carmack (Nude) photographed by Bob Guccione
Pet of the Month is Sarah Remington-Greaves photographed by Tina Rossi
Huge Nude Madonna Poster, High-Tech Babies
15th Annual Pet of the Year Issue
Thighscrapers
When "Christian" Soldiers Take Over Your Hometown

 


Penthouse Feb 1986
Penthouse February 1986 magazine back issue cover image

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Penthouse February 1986

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Susan Napoli (Nude) photographed by Carl Wachter
Pet Of The Year Runner-Up: A Special Pictorial
Secrets Of Crooked Gambling: How To Spot The Cheats
Should Boxing Be Banned? By Jos? Torres
Speed Week: The World's Fastest Race

 


Penthouse Mar 1986
Penthouse March 1986 magazine back issue cover image

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Penthouse March 1986

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Michelle Walker (Nude) photographed by David Schoen
Special Amateur Photo Contest
Exclusive: Claus Von Bulow: Why He Couldn't Take The Stand
David Stockman: His Bitter Denunciation Of The Reagan Regime
Can You Trust Your Instincts

 


Penthouse Apr 1986
Penthouse April 1986 magazine back issue cover image

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Penthouse April 1986

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Dominique St. Croix (Nude) photographed by Hank Londoner
Sikh Terrorists... Trained In The U.S.?
Vibrators: A Consumer's Guide To Good Sex
New Fiction By William F. Buckley
North Carolina's Holy War On Sex

 


Penthouse May 1986
Penthouse May 1986 magazine back issue cover image

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Penthouse May 1986

Features
Covergirl Christine Dupr? (Nude) photographed by Suze Randall
Pet of the Month is Dallas Roddy photographed by Hank Londoner
Terrorists f The New Right: Homegrown And Ugly
Teaching Your Wife To Swing: A Consumer's Guide
America's Business Comeback: Michael Korda
Celebrity Bloopers: The Best Of the Worst

 


Penthouse Jun 1986
Penthouse June 1986 magazine back issue cover image
Pet Of The Year Play-Off

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Penthouse June 1986

Features
Covergirl Airbrush Illustration (Not Nude) photographed by Jurek Berowski
Pet of the Month is Susan Gabrielson photographed by Dieter Schmidt
Bishop Tutu: Exclusive Interview
Sex In Japan: Seeking The Ultimate Turn-On
Reagan & Meese: Mugging The Constitution
Tom Wicker: Now For The Real Spy Scandal

 


Penthouse Jul 1986
Penthouse July 1986 magazine back issue cover image

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Penthouse July 1986

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Krista Pflanzer (Nude) photographed by Jerry Pasternak
The Threat To Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Sexual Freedom
The Sikh Error Plot
Ed Meese Gives Bad Commission
Maid In Bavaria

 


Penthouse Aug 1986
Penthouse August 1986 magazine back issue cover image

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Penthouse August 1986

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Patty Mullen (Nude) photographed by Hank Londoner
Mengele: The Victims Speak Out
Forget Qaddafi! Here's Our Real Enemy
Mini-Marines: Day Care With Guns
Celibacy: A Hot New Lifestyle

 


Penthouse Sep 1986
Penthouse September 1986 magazine back issue cover image
Anniversary

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Penthouse September 1986

Features
Covergirl Lauren Hutton (Nude) photographed by Ultima II
Pet of the Month is Ginger Miller photographed by Dennis Silvermoon
The Secret Nudes Of Lauren Hutton
Anything Goes - Howard Stern
Mickey Mantle
1986 NFL Predictions

 


Penthouse Oct 1986
Penthouse October 1986 magazine back issue cover image

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Penthouse October 1986

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Janna Adams (Nude) photographed by Earl Miller
Why Older Men Attract Coeds
20 Worst College Football Teams
Feminists: Self-Destructing On Porn
Divorce Without The Anguish

 


Penthouse Nov 1986
Penthouse November 1986 magazine back issue cover image

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Penthouse November 1986

Features
Covergirl Ginger Miller (Nude) photographed by Dennis Silvermoon
Pet of the Month is Beth Snyder photographed by Hank Londoner
Exclusive: How The PLO Makes Over $1 Billion Per Year
New York Confidential: Sex In The Big Apple
Life Extension: The Ultimate Science Breakthrough
Battered Husbands: A National Scandal

 


Penthouse Dec 1986
Penthouse December 1986 magazine back issue cover image
Holiday

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Penthouse December 1986

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Jill Shawntai (Nude) photographed by Earl Miller
Exclusive: Henry Kissinger Speaks Out
Investigative Report: Faith Healers Exposed
Delicious Sex: 69 Ways To Please A Lover
Mike Tyson: Next Heavyweight Champion
Henry Kissinger interviewed by Russell Warren Howe

 

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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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