Sex Education: A Playmate at Dartmouth

This Life Magazine photo shoot is a bit of a mystery. First off, there’s no date, but it looks like the second half of the fifties. Next, it has evidently been mislabled “Miss Playgirl at Dartmouth.” Playboy began using the term “playmate” with the magazine’s second issue, making “playgirl” a typo. No idea why the shoot was done, unless the blonde bombshell was dating the star quarterback.

The entire shoot is a massive one which you can find here. For our selection below, click on the images to go to the hi-res version.

Playmate with Hef:

There must be a reader out there who has one of those books with all the centerfolds. See if you can recognize her, then leave a comment with her name and the month and year of her Playmate status. Then we can Google her + Dartmouth and find out the story behind the affair.

Shaggy sweater and what’s that? — 1957 on his blazer crest. We’re getting closer:

I think this pipesmoking, sack-jacket guy is now my favorite chap from the Life archives, edging out Aga Khan:

A study in envy:

This one’s for The Weejun, who has a certain thing for girls and penny loafers:

Lucky guy. Wonder how long it lasted? — CC

Addendum: Thanks to for giving this post a plug. We had a feeling it’d get their attention.

8 Comments on "Sex Education: A Playmate at Dartmouth"

  1. Old School | March 26, 2009 at 7:49 pm |

    Her name was Janet Pilgrim.

    Here’s a link to a story about her at Dartmouth–and more photos.

    She appeared as the Playboy centerfold girl three times in the mid-’50s.

  2. Well done, and the first comment, too!

  3. Old School | March 26, 2009 at 8:18 pm |

    By the way, those centerfolds were in July 1955, December 1955, and October 1956.

    Here are links to two of them:

  4. He’s even luckier than I thought.

  5. Check out the last paragraph of the Playboy article. It might look like just a throw away to wrap up the article but it seems to say a little more.

  6. Ralph Kinney Bennett | March 27, 2009 at 6:43 pm |

    I was going to point out that the latest model car in the background of the shots is a ’55 Chevy, but the other commenters are away ahead in vectoring us in. Ah, the clothes, the campus ambiance. I’m sorry. Those indeed WERE the days.

  7. “Those were the days my friend
    We thought they’d never end
    We’d sing and dance forever and a day
    We’d live the life we choose
    We’d fight and never lose
    For we were young and sure to have our way. “

  8. That’s not a good move for Dartmouth to make, not a classy idea.
    I’m sure that chap hid his ephemeral girlfriend from mummy for obvious reasons.
    Those really were the days when Playboy Bunnies dressed like this, but I’m sure those outfits were short-lasting also.

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