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Every Playboy Centerfold In History

Inside One Sleek Volume

By Hadley Tomicki ·
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If you’ve never picked up a copy of Playboy “just for the articles,” then this is the book for you. It’s Playboy: The Complete Centerfolds: 1953-2016 and it’s available to pre-order now ahead of its September 5 release date.

Starting with Marilyn Monroe, the publication’s first and arguably most legendary centerfold, the collection revisits the photos of 734 Playmates-of-the-Month in a total of 844 pages. The other pages including a foreword by Elizabeth Wurtzel and essays by other literary types.

Still, that’s a lot of random Miss Mays, Miss Februarys and Miss Julys to consume. And a lot of celebrity centerfolds, like Kim Bassinger, Ola Ray, Suzanne Somers, Carmen Electra and Jenny McCarthy to remember/see naked.

It could also be considered something of a historical tome. A thorough examination of an earlier era both more innocent and more sexually unrestrained than our current age. A monument to a publishing giant that shaped U.S. culture and dared to inform society what Barbi Benton’s “turn-ons” and “turn-offs” were.

And for historians paying close attention to such matters, an important archive detailing the dimensions and style quirks of pubic thatches throughout the 20th century.

Hey, one of those may be your only argument for reading this thing in peace without any articles to blame.

Hadley Tomicki lives in Los Angeles. He is probably going nowhere on the 10 Freeway this very second.

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