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Playboy Magazine October 1959 KIM NOVAK


Playboy magazine was launched in December 1953 with the magazine's most famous cover girl, Marilyn Monroe. Playboy in the Fifties was part of a true cultural revolution as sophistication among adult males began to encompass an entire lifestyle, summarized in the magazine's advertising tagline "What Sort of Man Reads Playboy." Part of the Playboy lifestyle was a casual attitude toward sexuality and fidelity. The sexual liberation of woman was still more than a decade away - Playboy represented the sexual liberation of men.

The introduction of the classic Playboy centerfold drove home this point. Centerfolds in the 50s focused more on girl-next-door attributes. For example, models were typically pictured in a work setting - a secretary perhaps - with only one or two photos of an unbuttoned blouse with a usually a modest and partially clothed fold-out. The "innocence" of the period is startling given how the impact the magazine had on the culture of the time. 50s Playboys also featured very strong contributions by great authors of the period. You truly can buy and read these magazines "for the articles." 

Offered here is the October 1959 Playboy magazine featuring an article and 2 page photo spread on movie actress Kim Novak. The centerfold is Elaine Reynolds.

  • The magazine is in solid Excellent condition with only very minor wear and light soiling around the edges of the cover. The binding is tight with no tearing at all.

  • The year "1959" was written in pen above the cover price.

  • The centerfold is in excellent condition, very sharp with nice staples.

  • All inside pages are intact.