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Penthouse Jan 1997
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Penthouse January 1997

Features
Covergirl Elizabeth Ann Hilden (Nude) photographed by Carl L. Wachter
Pet of the Month is Rachelle Arnott photographed by Hank Londoner
Sex & Drugs ... Dallas Cowboy Style!
The Big, The Bad, and the Beautiful
Chickens Coming Home To Roost
Light Her Fire

 


Penthouse Feb 1997
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Penthouse February 1997

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Monique Nobrega (Nude) photographed by Carl L. Wachter
Expos?: "The People vs. Larry Flynt" And Other Indigestibles
Penis Piercing: The New Erotic Etiquette For Self-Mutilation
Potency Pill For Men: First Dramatic U.S. Response
TV Plot Predictions

 


Penthouse Mar 1997
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Pet Of The Year Runner-Up

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Penthouse March 1997

Features
Covergirl Heidi Lynne (Nude) photographed by Earl Miller
Pet of the Month is Nikie St. Gilles photographed by Philip Mond
"Chicken Hawk" Michael Jackson's Personal Nightmare
Sex Muscles: Easy Exercises To Vastly Improve Your Performance
Blasting The F.B.I. Has The Government Blown The Oklahoma Bombing Case?
Special Issue: Pet Of The Year Runner-Up

 


Penthouse Apr 1997
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Penthouse April 1997

Features
Covergirl Howard Stern With Leslie Glass, Dyanna Lauren, Andi Sue Irwin and Paige Summers (Not Nude) photographed by Warren Tang
Pet of the Month is Heather Kelly photographed by Carl L. Wachter
See Howard Stern's "Private Parts"!
Shawn Kemp: N.B.A. Superstar Or Spoiled Brat?
Believe It! The World's Oldest Erection
Dirty Fighting: Killer Techniques From Our Most Lethal Warriors

 


Penthouse May 1997
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Penthouse May 1997

Features
Covergirl Claudia Bajmlova (Nude) photographed by Brett Bereny
Pet of the Month is Andrea Kurtz photographed by Carl L. Wachter
The Penis Page by Gerard Van der Leun
Dale Earnhardt: Profile by Bones Bourcier
Apocalypse Now! by Peter Klebnikov
Smart Sex By Dr. Judy Kuriansky

 


Penthouse Jun 1997
Penthouse June 1997 magazine back issue cover image
Pet Of The Year Play-Off

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Penthouse June 1997

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Dayna Ann (Nude) photographed by David Schoen
Who Shot Down TWA 800?
The World's Biggest Gang Bang Ever!!!
Nascar Winners
Plus: Dick Clark
James Carville interviewed by Joe Conason

 


Penthouse Jul 1997
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Penthouse July 1997

Features
Covergirl Saxon & Steele (Nude) photographed by Earl Miller
Pet of the Month is Elena Gilbert photographed by Carl L. Wachter
World Survey: The Naked Truth About Big Dicks
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Treading On Red Ice: Hockey And The Russian Mob
Smart Sex: Do Jerks Have More Sex?

 


Penthouse Aug 1997
Penthouse August 1997 magazine back issue cover image

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Penthouse August 1997

Features
Covergirl & Pet of the Month Roxy LeRoux (Nude) photographed by Carl L. Wachter
Elvis's Secret Sex Life - A Special Report
The "Orgasm Pill" Can Women Go Without Men?
Serial Killer Outrage: $12 Million, 12 Years, And Still No Trial
Web Wieners: The Best Penis Sites On The Internet

 


Penthouse Sep 1997
Penthouse September 1997 magazine back issue cover image
28th Anniversary

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Penthouse September 1997

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Rocki Roads (Nude) photographed by Carl L. Wachter
"Ride The Rocket" (Don Prudhomme) by Jon Asher.
"The $200-Billion Scam" by Jeff Kamen.
"The Unrepentant Voyeur "Adventures with Aphrodisiacs"" by Ralph Gardner Jr.
"Will Tiger Get Lost in the Woods?" by David L. Smith.
Deion Sanders interviewed by Charley Rosen

 


Penthouse Oct 1997
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Halloween

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Penthouse October 1997

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Mason Marconi (Nude) photographed by Carl L. Wachter
Mike Piazza: On Sex, Politics, Abortion, Gun Control, And Lots Of Other Stuff
The 20 Worst College Football Teams
Is Michael Jackson Really Broke??
Scared Stiffs: Satire
Mike Piazza interviewed by Craig Modderno

 


Penthouse Nov 1997
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Penthouse November 1997

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Alexus Winston (Nude) photographed by Suze Randall
3 Basic Techniques For One-Hour Erections!!!
Chinese "Takeout" Gruesome Trade In Body Parts
Sex in the Military by Bill Lee
Rock The Vote: The "Presidents" Who Redefined Grunge
Carl Lewis interviewed by Charley Rosen

 


Penthouse Dec 1997
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Penthouse December 1997

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Juliet Cariaga (Nude) photographed by J. Stephen Hicks
Mark Fuhrman Comes Clean On Police Brutality, Race, And O.J.
Pees Corps: The Newest, Fastest-Growing Sex Game In America
Invading Families At Home: America's Own Brand Of Terrorism
Baby Lolitas: The Real Child Abuse Behind Kiddie Beauty Pageants
Mark Fuhrman interviewed by Peter Manso

 

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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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