Story – When Hugh Hefner wasn’t sure there would be a second issue of Playboy

In 1953, Hugh Hefner was a 27-year-old freelance cartoonist when he pasted up the first issue of Playboy on the kitchen table of his South Side Chicago apartment. It was a humble beginning, but in many ways the magazine and the philosophy it espoused transformed the way the modern world looks at sex and romance. That first issue had no date on the cover, which was a picture of a then-unknown Marilyn Monroe. Hefner wasn’t sure there would be a second issue of Playboy.

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