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Q&A on Collecting: Collectors love Eros magazine

Anne McCollam advises readers about the value of their antiques.
BY Anne McCollam, For The Oklahoman Published: February 25, 2013

Q&A on Collecting

Little magazine has some value

Q: I have the first four volumes of the hard cover “Eros” magazine. It was published in 1962 by Ralph Ginzburg. I enclosed a copy of the cover of Volume III that featured Marilyn Monroe. The photos were taken by photographer Ben Stern, six weeks before Monroe died. The magazine is 13 inches by 10 inches in size, and all four volumes are in very good condition. What would a collector pay for my magazines? Thank you for any information you can give me.

A: Much of the content of Ginzburg's magazines, Eros, was shocking and titillating erotica for the time but mild by today's fare. Eros was the Greek god of love, and Ginzburg's magazines were devoted to stories and articles about love and sex. Ginzburg attempted to peddle subscriptions to his new publication by sending unsolicited racy requests to possible upscale buyers/readers. Many of those who received the mailings were outraged and reported the solicitations to the post office. The Supreme Court declared the material was obscene. Ginzburg was arrested and ultimately sentenced and convicted of using the United States Postal Service to send “prurient and pandering” advertising. The demise of his quarterly magazine can be attributed to the extremely high cost of publishing and his legal and financial woes. Ginzburg was sentenced to five years and served nine months in prison. Your four volumes are in demand by collectors and would probably fetch at least $250 in an antiques shop or on the Internet.

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