pollums:

“Coming out of Chicago in 1957, Duke was the first - and last - attempt at a Playboy magazine for and by black men. It lasted only six issues, but featured the top African-American writers and entertainers of the day. Chester Himes and James Baldwin were regular contributors, while Sammy Davis Jr. and Harry Belafonte made multiple modeling appearances displaying their wardrobes. Duke had a minor obsession with personal clothing collections.

A feature in issue no 5, headlined American’s Most Dressed Negro, adds up the number of cummerbunds, shoes, and tuxedos owned by a country club maitre d’, who, states the text, may not be the best dressed, but, since he has more clothes than any other man they know, qualifies as the most dressed, an accomplishment in its own right. Duke had money behind it; Russ Meyer shot centerfolds of not-quite-nude, lightly tanned “Duchesses” for the magazine; Bill Ward did sultry brunette versions of his cartoon goddesses for them, and even Ray Bradbury contributed racially specific fiction.

Today Duke is a fascinating look at black men’s fantasies and frustrations at a time when much of America was still segregated and most blacks struggled for minimum wage […] Duke was far from politically correct by today’s standards, but it was brave and bold for its time…”

(via moika-palace)

The man himself. 
Playboy September 1965

The man himself.
Playboy September 1965

The man himself. 
Playboy September 1965

The man himself.
Playboy September 1965

Playboy September 1965

Playboy September 1965

Fuck you, kitten, you’re not soft enough for this dapper chap. 
Playboy September 1965

Fuck you, kitten, you’re not soft enough for this dapper chap.
Playboy September 1965

Playboy September 1965

Playboy September 1965

There really is nothing quite like it. So true. 
Playboy September 1965

There really is nothing quite like it. So true.
Playboy September 1965

Playboy September 1965

Playboy September 1965

Playboy September 1965

Playboy September 1965

Let’s play Spot The Lady!
Playboy September 1965

Let’s play Spot The Lady!
Playboy September 1965

Playboy September 1965

Playboy September 1965

Playboy September 1965

Playboy September 1965

Playboy September 1965

Playboy September 1965

Playboy September 1965

Playboy September 1965

An Introduction

I began this tumblr as a collection of my favorite vintage playboy ads and articles featuring beautiful men.  In the 60s and 70s Playboy was less about exploiting women (as some may expect) and more about honing oneself into the ideal of manhood.  It was about worldliness.  It was about being attractive.  It was about being a sex object yourself.  It was about lambasting politicians who fought to keep down the progress of women’s equality and gay rights.  It was about being sexually educated.

It is a personal ritual, that whenever a new friend visits me in my home, I show them my vintage playboys.  These wonderful ads (and sometimes articles) are always a hit, and I hope you will enjoy them as I share them here.

I will only add the date of the Playboy as a note (aside from any other comments) but if you want more information, just ask.

-Playboy Gayboy