Playboy centerfolds from 1953-1959


1953:

1953.12.01 - Marilyn Monroe

1954:

 1954.01.01 - Margie Harrison 1954.02.01 - Margaret Scott 1954.03.01 - Dolores Del Monte 1954.04.01 - Marilyn Waltz 1954.05.01 - Joanne Arnold 1954.06.01 - Margie Harrison1954.07.01 - Neva Gilbert 1954.08.01 - Arline Hunter1954.09.01 - Jackie Rainbow1954.10.01 - Madeline Castle 1954.11.01 - Diane Hunter 1954.12.01 - Terry Ryan

1955:

 1955.01.01 - Bettie Page 1955.02.01 - Jayne Mansfield 1955.03.01 - No Playmate - This Month

The issue that never was…

If anybody tries to sell you a March 1955 issue, tell him you’ll be glad to trade it for a
left-handed monkey wrench. In Playboy lore, the story of the missing March 1955 issue is the ultimate good news/bad news report. The good news: After an initial year in which Playboy’s press run had increased from 70,000 to 175,000 copies per issue, the first three months of 1955 saw circulation nearly double again. The bad news: Subscription and newsstand orders were flooding the magazine’s Chicago offices at such a rate that its tiny staff (a mere five names appeared on the masthead) was overwhelmed. "Though we’ve had everyone from receptionist to editors working nights, we haven’t been able to keep up with the demand," read the apologetic Playbill that led off the next issue–dated April. Reasoning that this was a good time to bring Playboy into line with other magazines, which traditionally appeared in the month previous to the date printed on the cover, editors simply skipped the March issue. Citing the lack of a March issue, the U.S. Post Office tried to deny Playboy its second-class postal permit. When Hefner reapplied, postal officials again turned him down–this time basing their refusal on the magazine’s editorial content. In November, Hef secured an injunction against the Post Office in Chicago, restraining it from further interference with the mailing of Playboy.

 1955.04.01 - Marilyn Waltz 1955.05.01 - Marguerite Empey 1955.06.01 - Eve Meyer 1955.07.01 - Janet Pilgrim 1955.08.01 - Pat Lawler 1955.09.01 - Anne Fleming 1955.10.01 - Jean Moorehead 1955.11.01 - Barbara Cameron1955.12.01 - Janet Pilgrim

1956:

 1956.01.01 - Lynn Turner 1956.02.01 - Marguerite Empey 1956.03.01 - Marian Stafford 1956.04.01 - Rusty Fisher 1956.05.01 - Marion Scott1956.06.01 - Gloria Walker 1956.07.01 - Alice Denham 1956.08.01 - Jonnie Nicely 1956.09.01 - Elsa Sorensen 1956.10.01 - Janet Pilgrim 1956.11.01 - Betty Blue 1956.12.01 - Lisa Winters

1957:

1957.01.01 - June Blair 1957.02.01 - Sally Todd 1957.03.01 - Sandra Edwards 1957.04.01 - Gloria Windsor 1957.05.01 - Dawn Richard 1957.06.01 - Carrie Radison 1957.07.01 - Jean Jani 1957.08.01 - Dolores Donlon 1957.09.01 - Jacquelyn Prescott 1957.10.01 - Colleen Farrington 1957.11.01 - Marlene Callahan 1957.12.01 - Linda Vargas

1958:

 1958.01.01 - Elizabeth Ann Roberts 1958.02.01 - Cheryl Kubert 1958.03.01 - Zahra Norbo 1958.04.01 - Felicia Atkins 1958.05.01 - Lari Laine 1958.06.01 - Judy Lee Tomerlin 1958.07.01 - Linné Nannete Ahlstrand 1958.08.01 - Myrna Weber 1958.09.01 - Teri Hope 1958.10.01 - Mara Corday 1958.10.15 - Pat Sheehan 1958.11.01 - Joan Staley 1958.12.01 - Joyce Nizzari

1959:

1959.01.01 - Virginia Gordon 1959.02.01 - Eleanor Bradley 1959.03.01 - Audrey Daston 1959.04.01 - Nancy Crawford 1959.05.01 - Cindy Fuller 1959.06.01 - Marilyn Hanold 1959.07.01 - Yvette Vickers 1959.08.01 - Clayre Peters 1959.09.01 - Marianne Gaba 1959.10.01 - Elaine Reynolds 1959.11.01 - Donna Lynn 1959.12.01 - Ellen Stratton

  1. The image of Marilyn on the red velvet was actually not one of the images Hefner bought from Tom Kelley for the first edition of Playboy (the December 1953 edition) so it was not featured in that Playboy.
    On the other hand you score high points for knowing that the other lady on red velvet is Arlene Hunter and not Monroe, most time you see images from that photo set on the net it is claimed to be her.

  2. Thank you for sharing this. At last men can see natural brest. ;) Without silicon.

  3. Elaine Reynolds 1959.10.01 features in the movie Dead Poets Society …. such a blast from the past, and yes not a drop of silicone to be seen

  4. 1. I had no idea Bettie Page was a Playmate. 2. I had no idea about the March ’55 issue. Great post!

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