General University of Maine Publications

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Ray Cudahy, editor

Sam Jones, editor

Dick Sprague, editor


University of Maine

Publication Date

Fall 11-1-1948

Publisher location

Orono, Maine

Abstract/ Summary

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Both a humor and literary magazine, The Pine Needle was a University of Maine student-produced periodical that began publication in the fall of 1946, the first post-World War II semester that saw GIs returning to campus.

The Needle reflected an edginess and rebellion not found in previous UMaine student publications. While past student publications relied on euphemisms for alcohol and dating on campus, The Needle openly promoted the sexualization of co-eds and the use of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol by students who experienced war.

Cover art for this issue is by Donald T. Caswell and depicts a man wearing a letterman's sweater chatting up a smiling co-ed wearing a ball cap. In the background, two largely faceless men wearing suits and exhibit hostile posture that communicates jealousy.

Don Caswell (1923-2014), was a native of Limestone, Maine and grew up in Brownsville. He joined the U.S. Navy following high school graduation in 1942. He served as a radio operator aboard ships patrolling the Gulf of Alaska throughout the war. Caswell attended the University of Maine on the G.I. Bill, majoring in Art and History. On campus, he was active in the Officer Training Program and was stationed in Tripoli, North Africa as a U.S. Air Force officer during the Korean War. Caswell served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air National Guard.


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