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Jerry Tabor, editorial board

Russ Meade, editorial board

Sid Folsom, editorial board


University of Maine

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Orono, Maine

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Libraries and archives collect materials from different cultures and time periods to preserve and make available the historical record. As a result, materials such as those presented here may reflect sexist, misogynistic, abusive, racist, or discriminatory attitudes or actions that some may find disturbing, harmful, or difficult to view.

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 return 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 an unsigned pen-and-ink illustration depicting the primary characters from the "Farmer's Daughter" comedy genre as rabbits. This issue also reveals the identity of the winner of the contest to identify eight co-eds photographed wearing two-piece bathing suits for the Winter 1948 issue. Joe Smith, a custodian in the women's dormitories.

Magazine editors touted Smith as a fellow who: "...had a wealth of similar material to compare with what we had printed, for he is no mean picture taker himself. He has known the girls well through the last few years for he is the janitor at the Elms and at Balentine Hall."


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