In November of 1955, collector John Basil aimed for the top and wrote to Playboy‘s founder, Hugh Hefner, and offered him $5.00 in a bid to get his hands on the only issue he didn’t own: Playboy #1; originally published December, 1953, and starring Marilyn Monroe as centrefold. Below is the kind reply he received a few weeks later, from Hefner himself, along with a copy of that very issue.
Personally, a sheet of that stunning letterhead would have sufficed.
Recommended reading: The Playboy Book: Fifty Years.
11 east superior · chicago 11, illinois · michigan 2-4511
November 21, 1955
Mr. J. B. Basil
3414 East Bellevue
Dear Mr. Basil:
Anyone who would pay $5.00 for the first issue of PLAYBOY thinks a good deal of the magazine and deserves to have that issue. I’ve dug this copy out of our editorial file, especially for you. Consider it a gift. Make your payment by continuing to boost PLAYBOY with your friends and giving lots of PLAYBOY gift subscriptions this Christmas.
(Signed, ‘Hugh M Hefner’)
Hugh M. Hefner
Editor – Publisher