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Penthouse Jan 1991
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Pet Of The Year

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Penthouse January 1991

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Mahalia Maria (Nude) photographed by Philip Mond
Exclusive: Ilicit Sex In Saudi Arabia
George Bush: Exposing The Master Spy - No Kidding!
Now You Know What's Really Wrong With The Super Bowl
Meryl Streep: Hollywood's Rebel With A (Damn Good) Cause

 


Penthouse Feb 1991
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Penthouse February 1991

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Tara Jackson photographed by Jack Harrison
Marion Barry: Sex, Drugs, Lies, And Videotape
Behind The "Sex Slave" Headlines: The Hottest Love Scene In Film History
Dog Mafia: Selling Pets For Research
Jane Fonda: New Battles With Vietnam Vets

 


Penthouse Mar 1991
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Penthouse March 1991

Features
Covergirl Janine Lindemulder (Nude) photographed by Earl Miller
Pet of the Month is Sandi Korn photographed by Hank Londoner
Exclusive: Inside An Arab Terror Gang
Confronting Racism: Outspoken Interviews With Jesse Jackson, Arthur Ashe, Charles Rangel, & More!
Trump's Latest Fantasy? Pet Of The Month Sandi Korn
Power games: A New Guide To Digital Diversion

 


Penthouse Apr 1991
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Penthouse April 1991

Features
Coverguy Andrew Dice Clay & Covergirls Paula Lerchenfeldt & Janine Lindemulder
Pet of the Month is Theresa Presley photographed by Earl Miller
Andrew Dice Clay interviewed by Allan Sonnenschein
Special Pet Of The Year Runner-Up
Sexiest New Fashions From Paris
$3 Trillion Tax Scandal: See P.30

 


Penthouse May 1991
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Penthouse May 1991

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Ronnie Dawn (Nude) photographed by Earl Miller
Exclusive: How To Bet On Baseball - and Win!
Tad Szulc: Former Red Spies Run Secret Extortion Gang
Mickey Mantle: My All-Time Favorite Season
Karen DeCrow: How Burger King Did It The Wrong Way

 


Penthouse Jun 1991
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Penthouse June 1991

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Julie Strain (Nude) photographed by Suze Randall
Deadly Greed: Boston's notorious race-murder hoax
Not So Goodfellas: Karen Hill's life married to the mob
T.V.'s Weirdest Censors: Looking for satan in kids' cartoons
After Apartheid: South Africa's Zulu chief pleads for racial unity
Mangosuthu Buthelezi interviewed by Louis du Buisson

 


Penthouse Jul 1991
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Penthouse July 1991

Features
Covergirl Lacey (Not Nude) photographed by Earl Miller
Pet of the Month is Teneil photographed by Hank Londoner
Saluting America's desert Storm Heroes
Fire Fighting: The Most Hazardous Profession Of All
Gulf War Disgrace: How G.I.s Were Denied Freedom To Worship
Hit Man's Holiday: Sanctioned By The Police; Paid For By The Taxpayer

 


Penthouse Aug 1991
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Penthouse August 1991

Features
Covergirl Bobbie Brown (Nude) photographed by J. Stephen Hicks
Pet of the Month is Ryan Matthews photographed by Carl Wachter, Jr.
Exposed: America's Most Shocking "Fraternity"
Penis Sizes Of The Stars: The Controversy Stiffens
Double Trouble: The Obsessions Of Charles Keating
"American Psycho": The Hapless Victim Of A Feminist Lynch Mob

 


Penthouse Sep 1991
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Anniversary

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Penthouse September 1991

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Sasha Vinni (Nude) photographed by Philip Mond
Sammy Davis's Secret Life: Threesomes And Satanic Ritual
Who Killed New York?
S.W.A.T. Teams For Jesus: Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Read A Book Again
Plus: Kurt Vonnegut, Fates Worse Than Death

 


Penthouse Oct 1991
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Penthouse October 1991

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Pamela Peters (Nude) photographed by Hank Londoner
College Football: Our Annual Roster Of The 20 Worst
Opening The Green Door: The Mitchell Brothers' Fratricide Trial
Illusion & Reality: Why Everything In America Seems Fake
M.I.A. Scandal: Families Say Bush Is hiding The Truth

 


Penthouse Nov 1991
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Penthouse November 1991

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Shannon Williams (Nude) photographed by J. Stephen Hicks
Wild & Crazy Tattoos: Erotic Art That Really Gets Under Your Skin
Trivial Pursuit Justice: Why The 'Fatal Attraction' Trial Self-Destructed
Stolen Bases: Undercover Report On the Growing Scandal Of Baseball And Gambling
Gun-Shy: How The Media Censors The N.R.A.

 


Penthouse Dec 1991
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Penthouse December 1991

Features
Covergirl Traci (Nude) photographed by Warren Tang
Pet of the Month is Jean Carew photographed by Hank Londoner
Exclusive: Marilyn Monroe's Secret Lesbian Lover
Sex In The Recession: The Best Things In Life Really Are Free
Wilt Chamberlain: All Those Things That Piss Me Off!
Hollywood Groupie: My Affairs With Pryor, Polanski, Beatty, Et Al

 

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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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