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#112597 - 04/28/17 03:06 PM Blast From The Past: Adult Magazines
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Last night I time traveled in a couple of ways. I decided to swing by the old shopping mall (remember those?) that served as a part of my adolescent stomping grounds. I was surprised to see that while some of the stores were vacant that it did have a nice handful of stores in it.

One of these stores was a book store. It was not a large chain such as a Barnes and Nobel. It may be a smaller chain (I am not sure). At any rate, while the book selection was nice and what you would expect, it was the magazine selection that impressed me. In particular the adult magazine section.

Three very long shelves dedicated to nothing but porn magazines. Of course, the standby's such as Playboy, Penthouse, and Hustler along with their various spin offs was there. But even more impressive was that they had magazines that I hadn't seen in YEARS and assumed had folded due to the internet age. Magazines such as Cheri, Fox, High Society, Club and Hawk (which I haven't seen since 1993), among others. I couldn't believe my eyes. I checked to see if they were back issues. Nope. All of them current. I have been in adult book stores that have had less of a selection.

In the end, I decided to get the old standby Playboy, for old time sake and I heard that they brought nudity back. However, I will likely make a monthly trip and pick out one issue of different classics. After all of these years the site of good old fashioned tacky magazine covers under the light of a newsstand is still a beauty to behold.

The difference between when I was a youngster and today was that they were all sealed up in plastic so that you couldn't browse.....or sneak one of the shelf, open it to a good nudie pic and lean it spread (no pun) against some books in the Christian section when I did when I was in my early teens.

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#112611 - 04/28/17 10:47 PM Re: Blast From The Past: Adult Magazines [Re: LoneWolf78]
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You had your choice of all those magazines, and you chose Playboy? A bit modest for my taste.
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#112613 - 04/28/17 11:06 PM Re: Blast From The Past: Adult Magazines [Re: William Wright]
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One of my exes had a chest full of books - Mainly Marvel and DC comic books from his childhood which he sold for a small fortune, but also 20 or 30 girly magazines from the 70's. They were fascinating! The women looked sun-kissed and unpolished and they all had unique breasts because they were natural - all different shapes and sizes. He sold those too - a couple of collectors bought the lot.
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#112615 - 04/29/17 12:31 AM Re: Blast From The Past: Adult Magazines [Re: ShadowLover]
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@ William Wright Ha! If you notice I said that I was going to be going back once a month now for some other titles that I haven't seen in ages. ;\) . That said, I must say that I do like the new Playboy format. The girls have a more 70's natural look than I have seen in a magazine in years. The writing isn't too bad either ;\) . Seriously though the writing is good. I read a great article on the merits of legalized prostitution.

@ShadowLover: The first time I ever saw a nudie book (or rather a stack of them) was in my grandpa's basement. I know what you mean because those issues would have been from that time frame. I have a pretty extensive collection of Hustler including the infamous Jackie O issue. It doesn't surprise me that he was able to sell them. With certain issues there is a collectors market out there or some who have complete or nearly complete collections.

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#112642 - 04/30/17 07:08 PM Re: Blast From The Past: Adult Magazines [Re: LoneWolf78]
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The kids today have it so good - a few mouse clicks and they’re knee deep in porn. Back when I was young, dumb and full of cum we had these places called “adult book stores.” They were seedy little establishments, often spoken about in whispers, so of course I found them fascinating. When I was little I went with my mom and her Christian friends to protest one of them. I guess they figured bringing a kid along would boost their porn-hurts-families argument. All I knew was that the minute I turned 18 I was checking them out, and I did…again and again and again.

Since the Internet made porn so omnipresent, Christians have given up on it – besides the occasional billboard or finger wagging from the pulpit. It doesn’t help their case that these days the only “adult book stores” marketed as such are off the highways, catering to truck drivers who don’t have their laptops handy or "don't know nothin' 'bout 'puters" and thus want mags to whack off to. In the suburbs there are no such things as “adult book stores” – too dirty! No problem, though - if you can’t find what you want at a regular book store, simply stroll down to the local “romantic boutique.” Ooh la la!

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#112643 - 04/30/17 07:30 PM Re: Blast From The Past: Adult Magazines [Re: William Wright]
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Back when I was young, dumb and full of cum we had these places called “adult book stores.” They were seedy little establishments, often spoken about in whispers, so of course I found them fascinating.


Well said.

I will also add to that by saying that it caused enough of a mystery to cause me to try to sneak in the places that I wasn't supposed to be. The first adult bookstore that I ever went in, true to Hardcore with George C Scott charged a fifty cent admission that could be applied to your purchase.

What a world it was!

Those big tacky VHS boxes, magazines of all stripes, toys, and all kinds of forbidden things.

Then, one could hear an awful lot of moaning from a different room, so of course, you had to check it out. Welcome to the world of video arcades, preview booths, and glory holes.

It made that first time of winding up the old condom machine in the men's room seem like child's play.

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#112660 - 05/01/17 07:47 PM Re: Blast From The Past: Adult Magazines [Re: LoneWolf78]
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OK, I’d like to preface this post by saying I’m straight.

I mean, I’m OK with gayness. Some of my best friends are gay. George Michael was gay, and darned if I don’t turn up “Faith” every friggin’ time it’s on the radio. So anyway yeah, I’m not gay, not that there’s anything wrong with it.

But in addition to adult book stores there were adult theaters whose clientele consisted almost entirely of men. I loved going there and getting sucked off…did I mention I'm straight?

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#112662 - 05/01/17 10:41 PM Re: Blast From The Past: Adult Magazines [Re: William Wright]
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I understand what you mean.

As someone who used to hang out in adult bookstores in the wee hours of the morning, I have seen and heard quite a bit. I am not gay either.

That said, the amount of time that I spent in these places probably allowed me to see and do things that others have only fantasized about, I chalk it up to time spent rather than simply luck. The closest that I ever got to guy action in these places though was if a female was involved....call it a cushion ;\) .

But yea:

1) The people who come in and laugh hysterically at everything to mask their embarrassment.

2) The cars in the parking lot that either had godly or my kid's on the a honor role bumper stickers on them.

3) Serious political and religious discussions being had in the main room between the clerk and patrons.

4) The one's who went in for vhs head cleaner and the booths.

5) Men and women looking to play.

6) Women looking to play.

7) A guy comes in to check a couch in the preview booth because he thought he had lost his wedding ring in it the night before.

8) Drunk trannys

9) Flaming homos

10) Sticky floors.

11) A mom bringing her small child in to argue with her husband about being in there (and getting properly kicked out).

12) Plus getting to meet Jill Kelly, Star E. Knight, Jenna Haze and a few others.

Those were just some of the things I remember.

 Originally Posted By: William Wright
But in addition to adult book stores there were adult theaters


That is something that I have only heard of, but have never had the opportunity to be in one.

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#112679 - 05/03/17 09:14 AM Re: Blast From The Past: Adult Magazines [Re: LoneWolf78]
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 Originally Posted By: LW
The difference between when I was a youngster and today was that they were all sealed up in plastic so that you couldn't browse.....or sneak one of the shelf, open it to a good nudie pic and lean it spread (no pun) against some books in the Christian section when I did when I was in my early teens.


We have a rather large adult store by the Oceana Air Base called Nancy's Nook . The printed goods section is pretty big, and diverse. What I noticed about the selection is that only the Graphic Novels are sealed and covered completely sans a small viewing window. You can barely see the content at all, I guess you'd have to be an already established fan of the artwork or just curious to buy them.


Virginia (specifically Hampton Roads) had a black out period which ended in the last decade. No tattoo shops, no adult stores, and you could barely get away with selling vibrators unless you marketed them as 'personal massagers'. You'd be hard pressed to find any stores at all that sold that sort of material. There was about 3 local video stores that had an adult section but it was very limited to video, no other goods. Those went out of business years ago.

I found it odd being that this entire area is saturated with all branches of armed service. You'd think it would be wide open. I read an old article that spoke of cleaning up the area for increased tourism. Our oceanfront was rid of every store that gave a 'bad impression' ... Even if "Virginia is for Lovers."

At any rate, I wondered if the sealed magazines and novels had something to do with prior restrictions. Seems rather silly to hide them in an explicitly adult store. Especially one that requires you show I.D. before getting buzzed through the door.

I grew up on the old magazines my Father kept stashed in a bathroom cabinet. Easy Riders was my favorite, I liked the comics.


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#112680 - 05/03/17 10:58 AM Re: Blast From The Past: Adult Magazines [Re: SIN3]
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I don't remember the first time I went into an adult shop, but it wasn't seedy. In fact, I don't think I have ever been to a seedy one. I've been to a some seedy clubs, though.

But I remember when I was with my ex-husband, we had a bit of extra cash at a certain time of the year and so I would go in my favourite adult shop and stock up! It was run by a lovely married couple and one day I was there and the power was out, so they loaned me a torch. It was funny! I felt like a real official perve that day! \:\)
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#112687 - 05/04/17 11:20 PM Re: Blast From The Past: Adult Magazines [Re: ShadowLover]
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But I remember when I was with my ex-husband, we had a bit of extra cash at a certain time of the year and so I would go in my favourite adult shop and stock up! It was run by a lovely married couple and one day I was there and the power was out, so they loaned me a torch. It was funny! I felt like a real official perve that day!


Hahaha! Too good. Ok, you earned your raincoat, but you still need a hat, your black knee high socks and cheap shoes.

Your story kind of reminds me of when I was a youngster. Do you remember about how that even some advertisements in the backs of the magazines had black censor bars over parts of them? I discovered that if you took them in a dark room with a flashlight that you could see what they were censoring. In reality, it was nothing more than was shown in the rest of the magazines. It appeared to be a gimmick to make the buyer think that they were getting the "real deal" in pornography.

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#112702 - 05/07/17 11:53 PM Re: Blast From The Past: Adult Magazines [Re: LoneWolf78]
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I was probably the last of a generation who used to look at magazines. Finding porn was rare in comparison of today's smart phone abilities. I remember when seeing nude women, or even people in missionary was a real eye-opener.

On another related point, I remember some years back I went into a BOARDERS book store before they went out of business.

They had things like palyboy censored with black plastic up on a top shelf of the mag area.

I wondered over into 'true crime' and came across books that were well within the reach of children that showed detailed, actual crime scene photos. There were several books like this completely available to any passing minors.

Guess there's no ratings for book stores. Oh well, as long as no one sees those photoshopped titties...
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#112715 - 05/08/17 05:12 PM Re: Blast From The Past: Adult Magazines [Re: Creatura Noptii]
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 Originally Posted By: Creatura Noptii
I was probably the last of a generation who used to look at magazines. Finding porn was rare in comparison of today's smart phone abilities. I remember when seeing nude women, or even people in missionary was a real eye-opener.

Actually there was a Devilporn magazine subculture too. Is this a great country or what?

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Guess there's no ratings for book stores.

You just have to know where to look for it. All the really steamy stuff is in women's bodice-ripper paperbacks. Just look for covers featuring pirates, Indians, or sheiks ... not to mention vampires and werewolves. \:o

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Oh well, as long as no one sees those photoshopped titties...

Photographing boobs is too easy. For flair: peanut smuggling. \:D
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#112718 - 05/08/17 11:34 PM Re: Blast From The Past: Adult Magazines [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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@Creatura Noptii & Dr. Aquino:


 Originally Posted By: Creatura Noptti
Guess there's no ratings for book stores. Oh well, as long as no one sees those photoshopped titties...



 Originally Posted By: Michael A Aquino
You just have to know where to look for it. All the really steamy stuff is in women's bodice-ripper paperbacks. Just look for covers featuring pirates, Indians, or sheiks ... not to mention vampires and werewolves. \:o


I have always said that there is an unfair standard. If girls are allowed to access porn (despite my wife's heavy objections, yes romance novels are porn) at a fairly young age. There is no reason why that boys shouldn't be allowed to have access to their sexually explicit material of choice.

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#112733 - 05/10/17 01:47 AM Re: Blast From The Past: Adult Magazines [Re: SIN3]
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Sorry Sin, I didn't even see your response here.


 Originally Posted By: SIN
Virginia (specifically Hampton Roads) had a black out period which ended in the last decade. No tattoo shops, no adult stores, and you could barely get away with selling vibrators unless you marketed them as 'personal massagers'. You'd be hard pressed to find any stores at all that sold that sort of material.


Damn! Why not just take the fun out of everything?

 Originally Posted By: SIN
I found it odd being that this entire area is saturated with all branches of armed service. You'd think it would be wide open.


I know that back in the late eighties/early nineties that they were making moves to take porn off of military bases. I also know that during this time that magazines such as Playboy, Penthouse and Hustler were sending care packages. They were doing this shortly into the Second Gulf War. I do not know the status of that kind of thing today, however.

 Originally Posted By: SIN
At any rate, I wondered if the sealed magazines and novels had something to do with prior restrictions. Seems rather silly to hide them in an explicitly adult store. Especially one that requires you show I.D. before getting buzzed through the door.


Actually, I think it is fairly universal that they all are in wrappers everywhere. It really sucks because you can't browse anymore, now you have to buy the magazine to see what's inside.

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