THE PLAYBOY FAQ

What is Playboy

What is Playboy?
Who owns Playboy?
Who founded Playboy?
What is Playboy's circulation?
Where is the magazine located?
How do I contact Playboy?
Is Playboy pornography?
Does anybody really read Playboy for the articles?
Would Playboy sell so well if it didn't have naked women in it?

What is Playboy?
Playboy is the leading men's magazine in the world. It contains award-winning fiction and investigative articles, humor, in-depth interviews and pictorials featuring the world's most beautiful women.
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Who owns Playboy?
Playboy is owned by Playboy Enterprises Inc., a global media and entertainment company. PEI also operates the Playboy Catalog; creates and distributes programming for domestic pay television, worldwide home video and international television; and markets the Playboy trademarks on apparel, accessories and other products sold throughout the world. PEI's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (PSE: PLA A, PLA).
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Who founded Playboy?
The magazine was founded by Hugh Marston Hefner, then 27, in 1953. He is editor-in-chief of the magazine. His daughter, Christie Hefner, is the chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises.
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What is Playboy's circulation?
Playboy's circulation is more than three million copies in the United States and 4.5 million worldwide. Our most widely circulated issue appeared in November 1972 and sold 7,161,561 copies. The largest in size was the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary issue in January 1979, which weighed in at 414 pages.
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Where is the magazine located?
Playboy's editorial offices are located in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. From 1967 until 1990, Playboy headquarters were located in what became known as the Playboy Building at 919 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago. The nine-foot-high letters that spelled out PLAYBOY were a well-known part of the Chicago skyline.
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How do I contact Playboy?
You'll find e-mail addresses to reach our various departments in our @playboy directory. The magazine's snail mail address is 730 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10019.
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Is Playboy pornography?
Playboy covers many subjects that interest men, and naturally women and sex are among those interests. Playboy CEO Christie Hefner, who fields this question often, gives this response: "For those people who enjoy reading Playboy, there's no dichotomy in the fact the magazine has an erotic component and an intellectual, humorous and celebrity component; that is the world they would like to live in. For people who find sex dangerous, troubling or offputting, anything with sex in it carries negative connotations."
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Does anybody really read Playboy for the articles?
The articles may not be the first part of the magazine most readers turn to, but judging from the letters we get, millions of Playboy readers also enjoy our award-winning journalism, humor and fiction. The only people who can rightfully claim to read it solely for the articles are the thousands of blind readers who peruse our Braille edition, which has been distributed by the Library of Congress since 1970.
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Would Playboy sell so well if it didn't have naked women in it?
Probably not. We'll never know.
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