Erotic Magazines

Before the development of home video and the Internet, the most popular medium for the dissemination of erotica to the public was the “adult” or “men’s” magazine. Due to the significant role played by magazines in the evolution of mass-market erotica and related cultural trends, we have dedicated this section of the site to focus exclusively on this phenomenon.

A Brief History of Erotic Magazines in the United States

March 16th, 2005 by Erocon

Printed periodicals featuring racy stories along with titillating art and photography were widely circulated in the U.S. from the mid-nineteenth century onward. The National Police Gazette (1845-1932) was one of the first examples of this popular genre, exploiting the public’s morbid fascination with crime and sin. It reached a peak circulation of half a million by the turn of the century. Magazines featuring nudists, pin-ups, burlesque dancers, and artist’s models all flourished into the 1950s and 60s. Read more »

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