General University of Maine Publications

Document Type



Joe Zabriskie, editor

Jerry Kominsky, business manager

Doug Kneeland, make-up


University of Maine

Publication Date

Spring 5-4-1951

Publisher location

Orono, Maine

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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 returning to campus.

Unlike past UMaine student publications, The Needle celebrated the sexualization of co-eds and the use of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol by students. Outrage expressed by older alumni resulted stricter oversight of the magazine beginning in 1947. By 1949, the first wave of World War II GI's were graduating and the restless, rebellious tone of The Needle began to shift as the threat of the Korean War loomed.

The The Pine Needle for spring 1951 is a parody issue titled Scare. Mrs. Fleur Cowles, editor of the short-lived but celebrated magazine Flair, is acknowledged as an inspiration. The cover illustration is a pen-and-ink drawing of a magnifying glass, the center of which is a die-cut hole. A glimpse of the page-two illustration appears to be the shapely outline of a nude woman's torso. Opening the magazine reveals the distorted drawing of a basset hound by Len Keenan.

Publisher Statement

SCARE magazine is published gleefully by the staff of The Pine Needle, all members of which are students of the University of Maine.


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