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Playboy Magazine

Playboy Magazine

Pictured above: The cover of the first issue of Playboy, December 1953.

VAV!/December 26, 2014 

"If you're a man between the ages of 18 and 80, Playboy is meant for you." "We enjoy mixing up cocktails and an hors d'oeuvre or two, putting a little mood music on the phonograph, and inviting in a female acquaintance for a quiet discussion on Picasso, Nietzsche, jazz, sex ..." - Hugh Hefner, excerpted from the first editor's letter

How did "Playboy," an adult entertainment lifestyle magazine that features photographs of nude women as well as journalism and fiction, begin? 

After failed efforts at becoming a cartoonist, Hugh Hefner founded and launched Playboy in 1953 from the kitchen table of his South Side apartment in Chicago, IL.  Hefner, a 1949 University of Illinois psychology graduate who had worked in Chicago for Esquire magazine writing promotional copy; Publisher's Development Corporation in sales and marketing; and Children's Activities magazine as circulation promotions manager, likely never dreamed about the social phenomena that Playboy eventually generated. In fact, the first issue of Playboy had no cover date because Hefner was unsure when or if he would ever publish another. Playboy became an almost instant success after the first issue sold more than 53,000 copies.  

In addition to the center-fold pin-ups that made the magazine infamous, famous and an inspiration to men and women worldwide, Mr. Hefner filled its pages with words from the most prolific  fiction writers of all time.  Names such as James Baldwin,  John Steinbeck and Vladimir Nabokov poured into the readers' view, as well as advice from columnists, submission of readers letters, a variety of comic strips and more.

A closer look at Hugh Hefner's philosophy through a series of videos below...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 December 2015 07:09 )

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Vintage Finds - Ephemera

Bunny Yeager

Bunny Yeager

Pictured above is Bunny Yeager with Aquatic Performer, MeduSirena, Creator & Director of the MeduSirena Swim show at The Wreck Bar and Aquatic Performer-trainer ...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 26 December 2015 06:51 )

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Cutaway Drawings Or Cross-Section Illustrations

Cutaway Drawings Or Cross-Section Illustrations

Pictured above: Docked Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft/Crews met in space for the first time April, 1975/Davis Meltzer/NASA

VAV!/October 16, 2013

Intricate and more than riveti...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 December 2015 06:24 )

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USPS Stamp Honors Johnny Cash In Music Icon Series

USPS Stamp Honors Johnny Cash In Music Icon Series

VAV!/January 29, 2013

The United States Postal Service  (USPS) has just revealed the second stamp in the new Music Icons series honoring Johnny Cash that will be released...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 June 2014 12:53 )

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Pictured above New Year Celebration, 1940/LOC

VAV!/December 31, 2012

Happy New Year's from Vintage Allies, cast and crew!

Last Updated ( Friday, 26 December 2014 06:01 )

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Abe Vigoda

Pictured above: Abe Vigoda as Detective Phil Fish from the television program Barney Miller/20 October 1977 VAV!/January 27, 2016 Abe Vigoda, known for his role as mobster Tessio in "The Godfather" and Detective Phil Fish on the hit sitcom "Barney Miller," died in his sleep on Tuesday morning, January 26, 2016, in Woodland Park, N.J. He was 94. Vigoda. who spent most of his career in the theater, was 50 when he won the role of Salvatore Tessio in Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 adaptation of the Mario Puzo novel "The Godfather."

 

Abe Vigoda

Pictured above: Abe Vigoda as Detective Phil Fish from the television program Barney Miller/20 October 1977 VAV!/January 27, 2016 Abe Vigoda, known for his role as mobster Tessio in "The Godfather" and Detective Phil Fish on the hit sitcom "Barney Miller," died in his sleep on Tuesday morning, January 26, 2016, in Woodland Park, N.J. He was 94. Vigoda. who spent most of his career in the theater, was 50 when he won the role of Salvatore Tessio in Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 adaptation of the Mario Puzo novel "The Godfather."

 

Abe Vigoda

Pictured above: Abe Vigoda as Detective Phil Fish from the television program Barney Miller/20 October 1977 VAV!/January 27, 2016 Abe Vigoda, known for his role as mobster Tessio in "The Godfather" and Detective Phil Fish on the hit sitcom "Barney Miller," died in his sleep on Tuesday morning, January 26, 2016, in Woodland Park, N.J. He was 94. Vigoda. who spent most of his career in the theater, was 50 when he won the role of Salvatore Tessio in Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 adaptation of the Mario Puzo novel "The Godfather."

 

Atom Bomb Tests - Target Nevada

VAV!/January 27, 2016 Able, a 1-kiloton device was dropped over Frenchman Flat on January 27th, 1951 by a B-50 Superfortress. The first A-bomb of the Operation Ranger series, Able was also the first nuclear test at the Nevada Proving Ground. It launched Las Vegas into the atomic age and was followed by 99 atmospheric nuclear tests and 828 below ground nuclear tests. The Nevada Test Site, today known as the Nevada National Security Site, is a 1,375 square mile area that lies north of Las Vegas, Nevada.  This desert was originally an Army Air Corps aerial gunnery range used to train pilots and gunners in World War II. Following the war, it was enlarged and was designated the site for carrying out America's nuclear tests by President Harry Truman in 1951.

 

Atom Bomb Tests - Target Nevada

VAV!/January 27, 2016 Able, a 1-kiloton device was dropped over Frenchman Flat on January 27th, 1951 by a B-50 Superfortress. The first A-bomb of the Operation Ranger series, Able was also the first nuclear test at the Nevada Proving Ground. It launched Las Vegas into the atomic age and was followed by 99 atmospheric nuclear tests and 828 below ground nuclear tests. The Nevada Test Site, today known as the Nevada National Security Site, is a 1,375 square mile area that lies north of Las Vegas, Nevada.  This desert was originally an Army Air Corps aerial gunnery range used to train pilots and gunners in World War II. Following the war, it was enlarged and was designated the site for carrying out America's nuclear tests by President Harry Truman in 1951.

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