Issue: 19540601

Tuesday, June 1, 1954
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[The following text appears on the cover]
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Dear Playboy
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Address Playboy, 11 E. Superior St. Chicago 11, Illinois
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The Men's Shop
The Mens Shop
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Playbill
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W. Somerset Maugham insists that he has never pretended to be anything but a storyteller. If this is true, he is certainly one of the very best storytellers living today. His unusual "A Woman of Fifty," in this issue, helps prove that.
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Indicia
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Playboy is published monthly by the HMH Publishing Co., Inc., 11 E. Superior, Chicago 11, Illinois. Postage must accompany all manuscripts and drawings submitted if they are to be returned and no responsibility can be assumed for unsolicited materials. Contents copyrighted 1954 by HMH Publishing Co., Inc. Nothing may be reprinted in whole or in part without written permission. Printed in U.S.A. Any similarity between people and places is purely concidental.
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Masthead
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Hugh M. Hefner, editor and publisher
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Contents for the Men's Entertainment Magazine
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A woman of fifty – fiction ..........W. Somerset Maugham 6
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A Woman of Fifty
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W. Somerset Maugham
My friend Wyman Holt is a professor of English literature in one of the smaller universities of the Middle West, and hearing that I was speaking in a nearby city – nearby as distances go in the vastness of America– he wrote to ask me if I would come and give a talk to his class. He suggested that I should stay with him for a few days so that he could show me something of the surrounding country. I accepted the invitation, but told him that my engagements would prevent me from spending more than a couple of nights with him. He met me at the station, drove me to his house and after we had had a drink we walked over to the campus. I was somewhat taken aback to find so many people in the hall in which I was to speak, for I had not expected more than twenty at the outside and I was not prepared to give a solemn lecture, but only an informal chat. I was more than a little intimidated to see a number of middle-aged and elderly persons, some of whom I suspected were members of the faculty, and I was afraid they would find what I had to say very superficial. However, there was nothing to do but to start and, after Wyman had introduced me to the audience in a manner that I very well knew I couldn't live up to, that is what I did. I said my say, I answered as best I could a number of questions, and then I retired with Wyman into a little room at the back of the stage from which I had spoken.
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Jack Cole
"I could swear I smell burning rubber!"
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One Man's Meat
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Charles Armstrong
Not Since Dr. Kinsey's interviewers trudged cross country asking coy young things the scientific equivalent of "Have you had it lately?" has the noble art of empirical research produced such a fascinating set of statistics.
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The Top of the Heap
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Shepherd Mead
Last month we got you the right job. Now, with your feet firmly planted on the first rung, let us proceed upward on the ladder of success.
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Orson
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Ray Russell
Somebody once told Orson Welles he looked like a Roman emperor. "You mean I look sensual," he corrected.
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Al Stine
"On second thought, George, I will accept your pin."
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The Art of Heinrich Kley
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On this and the next four pages, you will find some of the wonderful, satirical drawings of Heinrich Kley. A German painter of some note, in the early 1900's Kley turned from portraiture and still life to the audacious pen work that has made him famous.
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Bruce Ackerman
"Here's a quarter to stick around. I may need your help later."
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A Playboy's Dream Car
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The playboy of the future will drive a car very much like this experimental model, if Ford's designers have their way. The FX-Atmos will never be put into production, but a number of its styling and engineering features will be included in the future cars produced by the Ford Motor Company. This low slung, twin-tailed, plastic "dream car" is pearly white, accented by broad bands of red on the front luggage compartment and rear wheel housings. From windshield to rear stabilizer fins, the upper sides are icy blue. A clear plastic bubble canopy offers maximum visibility. The car seats three; the engine is in the rear. Radar antennae jut out where you'd expect to find headlights. Guided by radar, cars of the future will stay on highways automatically – veer away from oncoming vehicles – making accidents almost impossible.
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Tales from the Decameron
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Boccaccio
Putting the Devil in Hell
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Leon Bellin
"Oh, my daughter," said Rustico, sorrowfully, "behold that very devil of whom I spoke."
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VIP on Women
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This guy Virgil Partch really gets around. In previous issues he's mauled Sex (it hasn't been the same since) and Liquor (we've been on the wagon since that one). Now he's giving Women the eye and recording his experiences with them – marital, extra-marital, inside and outside, and all around the town. Like the drawings that have come before, we can only say that these are pure Vip.
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Little Boy's Blues
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Bob Perlongo
Once upon a time, there was a little boy who played the trumpet. "Alfonso Embouchure" was the name printed on his musician's union card– City of Chicago, Local 369.
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Playboy's Party Jokes
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The husband finally wised up to the fact that his wife was something less than faithful. He put a private investigator on her tail, and within a week, had the name and address of the "other man."
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Gardner Rea
"But suppose we had a short guest?"
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Female Sex Types
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Cole
The Spinster
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Open Season on Bachelors
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Burt Zollo
June is a very important month to the women.
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Lloyd Baker
"With this ring I thee ..."
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Outside With de Dienes
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A few months back photographer Andre de Dienes sent us some delightful pictures of the interior of his home. We printed them in the January issue and afterward we wondered whether the surrounding California landscape might not be just as interesting. We asked Andre about that and he wrote back that it is and sent more photographs to prove it. We've never seen rocks, sand, and fields of grain as fascinating as those in Andre's section of the country.
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R. Loehle
"Do you have any red ones?"
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Testing Your Personality
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Roger Price
Everyone has a personality. Personalities fall into two basic categories, Extroverted and Introverted. Introverts and Extroverts are easily recognized with the naked eye, but when you try to define the more subtle variations of these types you need help.
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Al Kaufman
"Now that I have your undivided attention, we'll proceed."
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Draber
"I'm afraid, Miss Kipulski, we are running out of clay."
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The Open Fly
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Once Upon a Time
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Sorenson
"Mom – what's Modess?"
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Next Month
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Thorne Smith
A racy tale by Thorne Smith • The evolution of the bathing suit
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The Compleat Playboy
The Compleat Playboy
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In This Issue
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The art of Henrich Kley
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