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Penthouse Jan 2005
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Pet of the Year

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Penthouse January 2005

Features
Covergirl Martina Warren (Nude) photographed by Suze Randall
Pet of the Month is Jamie Lynn photographed by Hank Londoner
Meet Martina: 2005's Hot New Pet Of The Year!
Stop Shortchanging Our Military Heroes
Stripper Starlets Strut Their Stuff
Triple H Makes The Game

 


Penthouse Feb 2005
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Penthouse February 2005

Features
Covergirl Natalia Cruze (Nude) photographed by Holly Randall
Pet of the Month is Avery Adams photographed by Hank Londoner
Pet Of The Year Runner-Up: Natalia Cruze
No Bluff: He Makes Millions Playing Poker; Why Is He Complaining?
"The Baddest Toy Wins"
Giving Her A Gift For You: Sexiest Valentine Underwear

 


Penthouse Mar 2005
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Penthouse March 2005

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Crystal Klein (Nude) photographed by Robert Gordon
Inner Rachel Perry! VH1 Hottie Opens Up On Sex, Hockey, and Fred Durst
Shut Up Already! David cross Has Something To Say
Celibacy! It's the New Casual Sex
Think You Got Game? Find Out Against The Best Online

 


Penthouse Apr 2005
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Penthouse April 2005

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Cassia Riley (Nude) photographed by J. Stephen Hicks
Girls As You Want Them: Sexy, Naked, and Blonde, Brunette, Famous... and More!
NBA Play-Off Preview: You Won't Believe Who's Going All The Way
Rip Their Tops Off! 24 Hot Covnertibles Want You Bad
Plunge Off a Cliff and Live! Battle the Undead! The Best New Video Games

 


Penthouse May 2005
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Penthouse May 2005

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Lucie Theodorova (Nude) photographed by Mike King/Lobo Press
What?? Yeah!! Crunk It Up With Lil Jon! He Dircts Porn, Too? Okaay!!
Lego Your Dark Side ... in the Smashing New "Star Wars" Video Game
All Hits, No Errors - Danny Sheridan's MLB 2005 Predictions
Bottoms Up! Turn Her On With Sexy Spanking

 


Penthouse Jun 2005
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Penthouse June 2005

Features
Covergirl Lani (Nude) photographed by Frank Russo
Pet of the Month is Valentina Vaughn photographed by J. Stephen Hicks
Hotter Faster More! Girls who'll make your summer sizzle...
Must-Hear Music: Avril Lavigne Talks Trash
Get your Girl To Love Porn
Calling All Swingers! Gold's coolest courses, best new gear, and steamiest resorts

 


Penthouse Jul 2005
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Penthouse July 2005

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Celeste Star (Nude) photographed by Earl Miller
Sexy Summer Sizzlers! Watch Our Overheated Beauties Chill Out
"We Took It Even Further" System Of A Down Rocks Harder Than Ever
Working The Streets With Comedy central's Reno 911!
Chanel Ryan Bares Her Soul (and a few other things...)

 


Penthouse Aug 2005
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Penthouse August 2005

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Paris Dahl (Nude)
Fire It Up! Denis LEary And The Cast Of Rescue Me
Special Report: Our Guide To The NBA Draft
Hollywood Temptress April Florio Rebuffs The Rumors
Play The Field: Get The Score In Our Pumped-Up Sports Section

 


Penthouse Sep 2005
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Penthouse September 2005

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Gina Austin (Nude)
Special Pet Of Tge Year Play-Off
Rock Royalty: Kneel Before Louis XIV
Shocks Jocks: Opie And Anthony, They're Finally Censor-Free - What's Next?
Deep-Fry Diet: Greasy Grub That Won't Make You Fat

 


Penthouse Oct 2005
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Anniversary

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Penthouse October 2005

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Melissa Jacobs (Nude) photographed by Ken Marcus
19 Back-To-School Video Games: Get Your Ph.D. In PS2
David Wells: How Steroids, Selig, and Yankees Fans Hurt Baseball
Countdown to Kickoff
"Girls Gone Wild" Winner: How Joe Francis Made Spring Break A Multimillion-Dollar Empire
Red-Hot Anniversary Issue

 


Penthouse Nov 2005
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Penthouse November 2005

Features
Covergirl & Centerfold Pet of the Month Renee Diaz (Nude) photographed by Ken Marcus
Go To Hell! Doom Hits The Big Screen
Towers Of London: England's Wildest Band Invades The U.S.
Your First Job (It's Called Work For A Reason!)
Open Ice: 5 Players To Watch When the NHL Returns

 


Penthouse Dec 2005
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Holiday

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Penthouse December 2005

Features
Covergirl Ron Artest with Ginger Jolie, Sunny Leone & Sophia Santi (Not Nude) photographed by Warren Tang
Pet of the Month is Bella Starr photographed by Brett Bereny
Guess Who's Back? One Year Later: Ron Artest Plays Nice... But Not Too Nice
Will Success Spoil Franz Ferdinand?
Bisexual Orgy Girls
The Ultimate Game Room

 

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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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