In 1953, funded with a $600 loan which he raised by mortgaging his furniture and $8,000 from 45 investors, including $1,000 from his mother, Hefner launched the Playboy, initially titled “Stag Party.” He later said that his staff consisted of a card table and a typewriter.


In December 1953, Hefner came out with the first issue of his magazine, featuring Marilyn Monroe’s nude calendar shoot. More than 54,000 copies of the issue were sold, at 50 cents each.

1st Edition 1953 Cover




Hugh Hefner

1955 Golden Dreams Calendar



In 1970 Playboy issued it’s first braille edition.  Becoming the first men’s magazine for the blind.  This one signed by Ray Charles.
The November 1972 issue of Playboy magazine was its best-selling, with 7,161,561 copies sold. It featured Pam Rawlings on the cover, and the centerfold featured Lena Soderberg.

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