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Penthouse The Magazine for Men | Vol. 2. No.11. | October 1967

by Bob Guccione

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All in all there are around 6 pages of tits and bums, and a centre-fold - because, well... It's Penthouse; but these were the days when Penthouse really was a genuine gentlemen's magazine full of really interesting articles and satire, fiction writing, interviews, humour, and even fashion. The glamour photos were just a small bit of titillation to an otherwise quality periodical. I am certain the reason for the relatively low percentage of 'smut' was probably something to do with circumventing the obscenity laws, but I felt the product was all the better for it. Over the years the artistic shots got gradually cruder and the editorial lessened in value. By the 1990s the magazine was a shadow of it's former self as more pages got turned over to shameless crutch shots.
This issue is from the magazine's heyday back in 1967.

Some of the main articles include:

An interview with Kingsley Amis on Anti-Americanism.

The conclusion of a serial Capone in Close-Up by Kenneth Allsop.

The John Hynam short story:
'Voyeur - By the light of the first moon he could see a humanoid, a man. A moment later he could distinguish another figure---and female she certainly was. They were both nude. She ran to the man., who caught her and swung her round and deposited her on the sand.....'

A page of limericks in 'Ribald Rimes' was particularly good.

A flower child from San Francisco
Stayed behind when the time came to go.
She complained: "I'm so hip,
Why can't I make that trip?"
She should have tried acid, not snow.


A definitive picture of the hippie movement from a writer who has observed it (and participated in it) in the U.S. and in Britain - Michael Thomas, titled 'Lord Buckley is Dead'.

A condensation of Daniel P. Mannix's best-seller Those about to die titled 'The Cruellest Show on Earth'. ( )
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Love, colour and Flower Power---the ultimate deterrent in passive resistance---pollinate these petaline pages and, according to our best calculations, the profusion of editorial colour in this issue of Penthouse---74 individual plates in all---establishes a new record in British publishing.  We know of no other magazine, newspaper or periodical of any description, past or present, whose use of editorial colour has ever approached this figure.
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"The English flower children are prettier than the Americans, but there is something self-conscious and vain about them.  They gather to be there at the same time, rather than together..."
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