Playboy Retro: March Playmate Review

By Staff

<p>Playboy hasn't missed a month since March 1955 and we've got 58 years worth of Playmates to prove it. </p>

Only once since Playboy was first published in December of 1953 has there not been a Playmate of the Month: March 1955. It was indeed a sad month for our male readers. But every month since then we’ve sought out and featured the world’s most beautiful women baring it all in our pages, and we’re pretty proud of that.

To celebrate this streak (696 months and counting), #PlayboyRetro brings you The Playmate Review, a look back through the decades at the Playmates that previously held the title, in this case, of Miss March. Along the way, we’ll try to contextualize the time and the state the country was in when they appeared. We begin today with the beautiful…

Sandra Edwards – March 1957

{“pbembedwidget”:“gallery”,“id”:“6067”,“size”:“small”,“alignment”:“right”}What do Jimmy Hoffa, Dr. Seuss and Elvis Presley have in common? March 1957: Cat in the Hat is published, Hoffa is arrested by the FBI on bribery charges (while his Teamsters Union predecessor pleads the fifth 140 times while being questioned) and Elvis Presley buys Graceland, his family home, for 100,000 American dollars. Playboy is a mere three years old but has already become something of a household name.

Priscilla Wright – March 1966

{“pbembedwidget”:“gallery”,“id”:“4569”,“size”:“small”,“alignment”:“right”}With protests raging against the war in Vietnam, the Space Race heating up (sort of: the Soviet Union crashed Venera 3 on Venus, becoming the first spacecraft to “land” on another planet) and John Lennon blaspheming the Beatles all the way to bank, the rare beauty of Priscilla Wright breaks up all the tension, at least for a little while.

Christina Smith – March 1978

{“pbembedwidget”:“gallery”,“id”:“8635”,“size”:“small”,“alignment”:“right”}March 1978 is a weird one: Sandwiched between Ted Bundy’s arrest, the Hillside Strangler’s tenth and final victim (serial killers and the ’70s, right?) and Larry Flynt being shot and paralyzed in Georgia, Christina Smith makes her Playboy debut. By this time Playboy has become a cornerstone of short fiction on the back of Robie Macauley, publishing such notable names as John Updike, Vladimir Nabokov, Arthur Koestler and Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Dona Speir – March 1984

{“pbembedwidget”:“gallery”,“id”:“2340”,“size”:“small”,“alignment”:“right”}Despite the year not quite mirroring the infamous Orwell novel of the same name, the world is a bit of a crazy place in 1984: Sein Fein and the UVF are ripping Ireland apart, Iran and Iraq are doing the same in the Middle East, and in America, the McMartin Preschool trial has come about, a case accusing everyone from the McMartin Family to (literally) Chuck Norris of satanic sexual child abuse. In a less bizarre world, the incredibly attractive Sara Jean Underwood is born and Dona Speir appears in our pages, then in a series of ridiculously awesome “action” films aimed obviously at men.

Neriah Davis - March 1994

{“pbembedwidget”:“gallery”,“id”:“675”,“size”:“small”,“alignment”:“right”}While Tonya Harding is taking the world of professional ice skating to new lows (she plead guilty to orchestrating an attack on competitor Nancy Kerrigan to improve her own chances) and Apple is taking technology to new heights (the first Macintosh is released with PowerPC processors, virtually changing the world of home computing), Steven Speilberg is cleaning up at the Oscars for Schindler’s list and the Supreme Court is deciding we can do things like this under fair use. Meanwhile, Neriah Davis is “turning heads on the shaded terrace of a Sunset Boulevard restaurant.”


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