Issue: 19531201

Tuesday, December 1, 1953
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Cover Description
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[The following text appears on the cover]
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Volume I, Number I
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Dec, 8, 1953
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advertisement
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The Men's Shop
The Men's Shop
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Indicia
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Playboy is published monthly by the HMH Publishing Co., Inc., 6052 S. Harper Ave., Chicago 37, Illinois. Postage must accompany manuscripts and drawings if return is desired; no responsibility will be assumed for unsoliciated materials.
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Contents For the Men's Entertainment Magazine
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Miss gold-digger of 1953--article -----------------6
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Miss Gold-Digger of 1953
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Bob Norman
In the frivolous flapper days of blackmarket booze and short-skirted women, a man knew where he stood. It was the era of the catalogued woman. Career girls were uninhibited, wives were faithful, and alimony was reserved for the little floosies who periodically married and divorced millionaire playboys as carless with their lucre as their love.
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Ben Denison
"Jeannie--what's the past tense of 'virgin'?"
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Strip Quiz
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If you're looking for something different to put some spice in that party you're planning, here's a Parisian parlor game guaranteed to make the most bored and blasé guest sit up and take notice.
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Tales from the Decameron
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Norman Holland
The 8th Tale of the 8th Day
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"After you finish fixing that faucet, Mr. Jackson, I wish you'd take a look at this shower."
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Playboy's Party Jokes
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Crazy Charlie, the used car dealer, was out to break all sales records with his "like new" models. A large sign in his window announced: "A Blonde Free With Each Car."
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Gardner Rea
The Careful Chap
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pictorial
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Playmate
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Marilyn Monroe, Miss December, 1953
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<p>Some say her real name is Norma Jean Baker. Others claim it's Norma Jeane Mortenson. Her measurements have been reported as 35" 24" 37", 37 1/2" 25" 37 1/2" and 37 1/2" 23" 37". Sometimes she's 5'4" tall and weighs 120 pounds, but she may shift unexpectedly to 5'5 1/2" and weigh in at 118.</p>
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VIP on Sex
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Virgil Partch
Dr. Alfred Kinsey and associates have just completed a very impressive, 1,000 page volume on sex. It's jam packed full of fascinating charts, figures, tables and graphs, and represents nearly five years of exacting, objective research. The drawings on these two pages are on the same subject and represent almost no research what soever. Dr. Kinsey makes sex seem very, very serious and oh, so scientific. Virgil Franklin Partch II just makes it funny as all hell--and personally, that's the way we prefer it.
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Introducing Sherlock Holmes
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the corner of the mantelpiece, and his hypodermic syringe from its neat morocco case. With his long, white, nervous fingers he adjusted the delicate needle and rolled back his left shirtcuff. For some little time his eyes rested thoughtfully upon the sinewy forearm and wrist, all dotted and scarred with innumerable puncture-marks. Finally, he thrust the sharp point home, pressed down the tiny piston, and sank back into the velvet-lined armchair with a long sigh of satisfaction.
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"Man--is she stacked!"
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"Damn it, Henderson--the fire's across the street!"
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An Open Letter from California
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You know me, fellows -- I'm an eastern boy. Have been all my life. Just moved out here to Southern California last month to try and soothe an ugly ulcer and some jangled, city-type nerves.
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The Dorsey Brothers
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Arthur Silver
Green Eyes brought down the house. The kids had danced dreamily through I Hear A Rhapsody and clapped loud and long for Tangerine, but when the band swung into Green Eyes, with the male vocalist handling the first ballad chorus, a pert blonde singing the familiar jump version on the second, the whole place rocked. The little man in front of the orchestra was Jimmy Dorsey and these were the wonderful numbers that had made him famous.
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Al Stine
Wha'd'ya mean you'll call the house detective? I'm the house detective!!"
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Matanzas Love Affair
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Bob Roderick
Matanzas is a very old town about ninety miles east of Havana. For centuries it has been one of the leading sugar ports of the world, and one of the most popular with sailors, too.
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A Horseman in the Sky
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Ambrose Bierce
One sunny afternoon in the autumn of the year 1861 a soldier lay in a clump of laurel by the side of a road in western Virginia. He lay at full length upon his stomach, his feet resting upon the toes, his head upon the left forearm. His extended right hand loosely grasped his rifle. But for the somewhat methodical disposition of his limbs and a slight rhythmic movement of the cartridge box at the back of his belt he might have been thought to be dead. He was asleep at his post of duty. But if detected he would be dead shortly afterward, death being the just and legal penalty of his crime.
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Arv Miller
"I suspect foul play!"
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The Return of the All-Purpose Back
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George Jennings
It's been almost thirty years since Harold "Red" Grange last toted the pigskin for Illinois, but Illini still talk about the "Ghost" and how he galloped.
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Julien Dedman
"Diamonds, Miss Moore? A mink coat? A trip to the Riviera, perhaps? The Alhambra Credit Co. will give you a quick loan with easy-to-make payments."
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Desk Designs for the Modern Office
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Margaret S. Miller
In times past, a company's top brass was easily distinguished from the junior executives by the magnificent, mausoleum-like offices from which they operated.
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"Look, Lucy--it's one of them there airplane fellers! Wonder what he's flyin' around so crazy fer?"
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Next Month
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Plus -- Stories by Max Shulman and John Collier -- another choice tale from the Decameron -- cartoons -- humor -- sport -- food and drink.
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In This Issue
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Big Band Jazz. Page 30.
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