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Penthouse published it’s first American issue in September of 1969.  It had already begun publishing in the U.K. since 1965.  Penthouse was created in an attempt to grab some of the market Playboy had mostly cornered.  In 1969 this issue cost 75¢ while Playboy was up to $1.  Penthouse, overall, was a huge success earning over it’s lifetime thus far, almost a half-a-billion dollars.  Although always coming in second to Playboy.  The important part, according to this blog, is the women.  Where do they rank?  I may do a head to head, but until then, as with Playboy, you may choose your favorites(you may pick more than one).  Penthouse models were called ‘Pets’, as in Penthouse Pet of the Month, below.

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Penthouse Pet of the Month September 1969 – Evelyn Treacher(Pet of the Year)

For the 1st centerfold the photo looks poorly taken with horrible shadowing.  Somehow it looks like her boobs get smaller each shot.

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Penthouse Pet of the Month October 1969 – Kelly McQueen

Bob Guccione took the pictures himself in the beginning because he was on a tight budget.  He was originally a painter.  His photos are known for their soft lighting.  However, they look really low res for 1969.  I’m a little disappointed with the quality.

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Penthouse Pet of the Month November 1969 – Ulla Lindstrom.  Swedish.

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Penthouse Pet of the Month December 1969 – Janet Pierce

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Penthouse Pet of the Month January 1970 – Katherine Mannering

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Penthouse Pet of the Month February 1970 – Tamara Santerra.  From Argentina.

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Penthouse Pet of the Month March 1970 – Ilse Hasek.  From the Czech Republic.

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Penthouse Pet of the Month April 1970 – Stephanie McLean

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Penthouse Pet of the Month May 1970 – Benedikte Andersen.  She is Danish.

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Penthouse Pet of the Month June 1970 – Britt(Christina) Lindberg.  From Gothenburg Sweden.  One of my all-time favorites.  Absolutely gorgeous.

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Below is one of the many sexploitation movies Christina was to star in.  Her portrayal of ‘One-Eye’ was the inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill character with the eye patch.  Quentin Tarantino is pictured below with an older Christina at the time of Kill Bill’s release.

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                                                     Christina Lindberg is one cool chick!

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Penthouse Pet of the Month July 1970 – Polly Anne Pendleton

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Penthouse Pet of the Month August 1970 – Francoise Pascal

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Penthouse Pet of the Month September 1970 – Tina McDowall

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Penthouse Pet of the Month October 1970 – Heide Mann

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Penthouse Pet of the Month November 1970 – Franca Petrov

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Penthouse Pet of the Month December 1970 – Jennifer Furse

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