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About Margie Harrison:
“Miss January” (1954) was the 1st to be presented as “PLAYBOY’S playmate for the month”. She was also the 1st to be named for the month of the issue in which she appeared. Like most other models whose pictures were obtained from the Baumgarth calendar company, she was anonymous. Only two years later did readers learn that her name was Margie Harrison.
(And only years after that did many early Playmates learn that they were Playmates. They had posed for a photographer, and had no idea who later bought and published the picture.) Margie’s was also the last “Centerpiece” photo appearing on a single page. And finally, her picture was not adorned as you see above and as we now expect — her title of “Miss January” appeared only on the facing page, along with a mere two-sentence introduction.
The first Playmate definitely known to have graced more than one centerfold in the magazine, Margie Harrison was a much sought after professional model in the Fifties. A mere four issues separated her Playboy appearances, both of which (published in the January 1954 and June 1954 issues) featured photos purchased by Hugh Hefner from the John Baumgarth Calendar Co. of Melrose Park, Illinois. Collectors of pin-up art may also find photos of Margie on the pages of Follies and Gala magazines of the same period.
Here’s Playboy’s playmate for the month of January. A very lovely unpinned pin-up to help you welcome in the New Year. That’s all the text that appeared with Margie’s Playmate picture, but Playboy’s first-ever Miss January had a special charm. There is something about her face in her centerfold shot — a pose which, by the way, appears to have been inspired by Copenhagen’s “Little Mermaid” statue — that reminds us of movie great Ava Gardner. In Playboy’s early years, leading ladies occasionally had repeat performances as Playmates. Margie, who was a popular model for pin-up calendars during the Fifties, returned later in 1954 as Miss June.