Escort (magazine)

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Escort Magazine Vol. 25, No. 2
Editor Jim Harris
Categories Pornographic magazine
Frequency 4 weekly
Publisher Paul Raymond Publications
First issue 1980
Company Blue Active Media Ltd
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Escort is a British men's adult magazine, or softcore magazine, which falls under the description of pornography, or erotica.[1] The title is one of a set of magazines from Paul Raymond Publications, other titles including Men Only, Razzle and Club International. The origin of these titles lies in businessman Paul Raymond's expansion from strip club management into magazine publishing in the 1960s.[2]

A monthly pin-up magazine with the title Escort was published between 1958 and 1971. Ten years later Paul Raymond began publishing a top-shelf magazine with the revived title.[3] By 2012, Escort was in its 32nd year, or volume. The content is a combination of photographs and text, with the photographs almost entirely being those of partially or completely nude women.

Escort specialises in pictures of amateur (i.e. non-professional) models, some of which are sent to the magazine by readers - these are affectionately known as "readers' wives".[4][5] It often features photo-shoots taken in an "ordinary" location like a pub, or outdoors at a place familiar to British readers. In 2013 the magazine was described by Pierre Perrone, a former magazine editor for Paul Raymond Publications, as "downmarket".[6]

Up to and including vol. 15 (1995), Escort had a distinctive 'cut-out' cover, which folded out into a poster; this 'cut-out' design allowed a few smaller pictures on the contents page to be visible, thus giving a sneak preview of other women posing in the magazine; one of these smaller pictures was usually that from the magazine's regular 'Girls of ...' feature showing women posing at various locations of that issue's chosen town.

Escort is published by Paul Raymond Publications[4][7] which also releases other similar titles including, Club International, Mayfair, Men Only, Men's World, and Razzle. Escort is generally available in most newsagents, although some larger retailers require a modesty bag in order to protect minors from seeing gratuitous flesh on display on the cover. Escort also has a digital identity on the official Paul Raymond website, where the hardcore imagery not found in the print version is also shown. As from 2013, the magazine is also available in digital format exclusively on the Paul Raymond digital newsstand.

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  1. ^ Adam Briggs, Paul Cobley, "The media: an introduction", Pearson Education, 2002, ISBN 0-582-42346-5, p.477
  2. ^ Granger, Pip (2010). Up West: Voices from the Streets of Post-War London. Random House. p. 399. ISBN 9781407083896. 
  3. ^ "Men's magazines: an A to Z". Magforum. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Karl Simms, "Ethics and the subject", Critical studies vol.8, Rodopi, 1997, ISBN 90-420-0022-8, p.208
  5. ^ Childs, Peter; Storry, Mike (2013). Encyclopedia of contemporary British culture. Encyclopedias of Contemporary Culture. Volume 4. Routledge. p. 537. ISBN 9781134755547. 
  6. ^ Pierre Perrone (23 April 2013). "My nights of passion with Paul Raymond". Independent. 
  7. ^ Lisa Z. Sigel, "International exposure: perspectives on modern European pornography, 1800-2000", Rutgers University Press, 2005, ISBN 0-8135-3519-0, p.167

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