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Marilyn Monroe Jayne Mansfield Bettie Page Bunny Yeager Janet Pilgrim Hugh Hefner Kirk Douglas Red Buttons Johnny Mathis Autograph Signed December 1958 5th Anniversary Issue Playboy Magazine ITEM SOLD
This December 1958 Playboy Magazine has been signed on the cover by Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Bettie Page, Bunny Yeager and Janet Pilgrim in blue ballpoint or biro pen. It is also signed on inner pages by Hugh Hefner, Kirk Douglas, Red Buttons and Johnny Mathis. Marilyn was of course the magazine's first Playmate, or Sweetheart Of The Month as she was titled in that first issue. Bettie Page was Playmate in January 1955, and Jayne Mansfield the next month. Janet Pilgrim was working in the magazine's subscription department when she was tapped as Playmate Of The Month in July 1955. Due to popular demand, she was named Playmate again in December of that year, and an unheralded third time in October 1956. Bunny Yeager was one of the top models of her day, before going behind the camera and making her living as a photographer. She took many photos that appeared in the early days of Playboy, including Bettie Page's famous Playmate photo from January 1955. She took many of Bettie Page's most well known photos. This is the 5th anniversary issue, complete but with signs of wear and age. There is clear plastic tape at the top and bottom of the spine. Very rare combination of some of the most renown Playmates and significant names in Playboy's history. I obtained this and a number of other vintage
copies of Playboy that were from the estate of Dan (Oberholtz) Diamond, a prominent Kansas City area DJ and collector for decades. Most of the magazines came from the St Louis Playboy Club,
that individuals would sign as they were visiting. This issue is believed to have been signed in Chicago, in the original Playboy Club and Mansion.