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Rip Haskell, editor-in-chief

Ray Cudahy, managing editor

Clair Chamberlain, humor editor


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 returning to campus.

In the late 1940s, The Needle continued emphasizing alcohol and tobacco use as well as the sexualization of co-eds with the addition of lampooning women who were influenced to mimic Hollywood pin-ups, as well as those who rejected men's sexual advances.

This issue features the only cover utilizing a photograph. The shot is of the crowded stands at the football field during Homecoming weekend. The subtitle reads "Homecoming Issue November '47."


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