NSFW November: Barbara Cameron, Miss November 1955

The lovely and talented Barbara Cameron, Playboy November 1955’s Playmate of the month, cover shot by Arthur James.

The picture that was selected by Playboy’s editor as the centerfold was so bad in my opinion, such a disservice to the hokey, natural, kind of amicably donkey-faced, toothy beauty of Barbara Cameron…


Shitty, unflattering photo by Lawrence Tirschel.

…that I absolutely, categorically had to include the rest of the shots from her feature.

It’s hard to believe it is even the same woman. What a difference when she is in an environment and with a photographer with whom she was comfortable enough to really smile.

I think she had a genuine playfulness that comes across in these black and white shots, by whomever they are, than the stiffness screaming from her postures in that godawful centerfold picture by Tirschel and the only moderately better cover photo by Arthur James.

Cute, right?

That could be Santa Monica or it could be Montauk, I truly have no idea. Playboy was still on the East Coast at that time, I think. So probably more like the Jersey shore, but there is practically no way of telling.

Long story short, these b&w beach shots are sooo much better, right? They barely look like they were taken at the same time of the year, and I don’t even know if they were done by the same photographer (I suspect not). There is basically zero info on Barbara Cameron, the model, on the internet, though ironically info on conservative Christian author Barbara Cameron, the mother of Kirk and Candace — of Growing Pains and Full House, respectively — abounds. Heh. I’m so immature for laughing about that.

“Prior to September 1959, Playboy did not ask Playmates to complete Data Sheets. ” — Official Playmate Directory (extremely exceedingly not at all safe for work unless you want to get fired and then SET ON fire if you have a female boss)

I assume it was a fake name and the real details of the model are lost to the ages, which is a shame because she has a kind of genuine, athletic, self-deprecating charm that lacks in a lot of these faux-coy pinups. If you know anything about her, holler.

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4 Responses to “NSFW November: Barbara Cameron, Miss November 1955”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Interesting … I LOVE the centerfold shot! I think it shows her being more reserved and shy than in the beach shots, but that’s a hot counterpoint to her nudity. Very 1950s! Thanks for the post, though.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Just two days ago a van driver for the Overton Hotel in Lubbock TX told us the story of how his mom became the November 1955 Playboy Playmate and subsequently married to his Army Chaplain father.

  3. J A Rosetta Says:

    I’ve heard the same story from that same source along with details of her life and marriage and current whereabouts. The name Barbara Cameron was only used for this one and only modeling shoot. The opportunity came up as a result of a bookstore encounter with an employee of the magazine. She simply took it as a lark, assuming anonymity would provide discretion. The shoot location was in Chicago. Ms “Cameron” was a stewardess for United Airlines at the time. Her parents were wealthy and she had three older brothers, all athletes and graduates of a major US Military academy who served distinguished careers. She later married and they had three children. They lived a long and good life together. He passed, she is in assisted living quarters arranged by her children. By all accounts, a life lived well. We all have secrets. This was never one in their family, simply a story from her past.

  4. anonymous Says:

    Ditto on the Overton van driver. Apparently “Barbara” was a United Airlines flight attendant until that issue was published.

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