The Press: Adentures in the Skin Trade

Adventures in the Skin Trade

On the surface, which is hardly an area to be overlooked in the trade, this is the golden age of the skin-magazine business. Once dismissed as a kind of red light district of publishing, the centerfold monthlies are now piling up circulations that were undreamed of a few years ago; Playboy and Penthouse, the ranking champion and brash newcomer of the field, alone account for an estimated 20% of U.S. magazine newsstand sales. From college dormitories to Army barracks, they are now a standard bit of Americana. To...

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