What I Learned from Playboy Magazine, 1972

I got a Playboy magazine for my birthday!

A couple of years ago my friend LP found a copy that was published not too far off my birth month and year. She said she would’ve preferred to give me a Playgirl but couldn’t find one. But this is just as much fun.

Playboy Magazine April 1972 - Cover
Playboy Magazine April 1972

Here’s what I learned from Playboy, April 1972:

1. One dollar could buy a magazine in 1972.
2. In 1972, men seemed to be content looking at good old fashioned, born-with-it breasts. There are no cartoon-like helium-balloon-boobs, hovering just under some poor girl’s chin, threatening to float away into the stratosphere the minute she unfastens her bra in this magazine.
3. Men’s shoes were wicked-cool in the 70s:

An ad for Nunn Bush shoes
These shoes are so cool I admit I might even get naked for them, too.

An ad for Weinbrenner shoes

 

4. Nick Nolte wasn’t always a decrepit hobo:

I'm pretty sure that's Nick Nolte in the middle, amirite?
I’m pretty sure that’s Nick Nolte in the middle, amirite?

5. The clothing industry in 1972 was overcome with excitement about all the new nylon & polyester miracle fabrics:

Dupont stretch nylon! I want these outfits for my next vacation with my husband.
Dupont stretch nylon! I want these outfits for my next vacation with my husband.
Sansabelt! See what they did there?
Sansabelt! See what they did there?

6. This man is very, very unhappy about having to wear a crocheted vest with embroidered flowers on it. Who can blame him?

No one can ever be happy wearing a crochet vest.
No one can ever be happy wearing a crocheted vest.

7. Men in 1972 really did buy Playboy for the articles. Why would you want to look at naked women when you could read the poems of Mao Tse-Tung in translation?

Article: Seven Poems by Mao Tse-Tung

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