Saturday, June 29, 2013

DUKE #2 ~ Black America's First Girlie Magazine 1957

Starting a series of posts devoted to American "girlie" magazines of the late 1950s, early 1960s. Primarily full-size, "newsstand" magazines aimed at the mature buyer, retaining a mix of partially nude models, risque tease photography, fiction and non-fiction articles. My criteria for posting starts with the cover and continues inside with seductive models in combination with great layouts and graphic design.

DUKE issue number two, Chicago, Duke Publishing, 1957. Kicks off with the cover story "The Myth of Our Virility"; fiction by Erskine Caldwell plus articles on music, the blues and of course, cool, pre-Kangol caps, men's hair styles and a full-page, illustrated cartoon by Bill Ward (signed McCartney); risque photos and partial nudes of black American beauties. Way ahead of its time!

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