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Rip Haskell, retiring editor

Dick Sprague, editor-in-chief

Sam Jones, editor-in-chief


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 periodical that began publication in the fall of 1946, the first post-World War II semester that saw GIs return to campus.

By 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 sexual advances.

The May 1948 issue features a pen and ink illustration by Lloyd Shapleigh depicting a athletic man wearing a letterman's sweater seated on a bench beside a woman depicted wearing false eyelashes, primping in the mirror of a make-up compact. Her legs are coyly crossed, her right foot positioned behind her hairy left leg, closing her lower body off to the man seated on her right. The man sports a black eye and discouraged expression while he sits with knees spread wide, hands framing his genital region. The theme of sexual rejection is repeated in cartoon depiction of birds, butterfly, squirrel and caterpillar "couples" where each presumed male partner sports a black eye. Front page text reads: "(Bottom of the Barrel Issue).


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