Have you ever been really excited about something that was going to happen, and then when the day came it just did not live up to expectations?
A couple of months ago I was contacted by Selvedge magazine because they wanted to use the information I’d gathered about the Picasso for White Stag line, and they wanted to use one of my illustrations. I’m a big fan of the magazine, and I’ve written about it in the past, so I was as pleased as can be that they wanted to use my work, so I readily agreed. I knew there was to be no compensation and I was okay with that. Just having my name and web address in the magazine was enough for me.
Over the weekend I got an image file from the magazine for me to post on my website. The Picasso for White Stag article is in the section headed “Need to Know”.
Now I do realize that I’ve written six blog posts on this special line, and that in one short column there was no way to tell the entire story. I’m actually fine with what was written about the history behind the line. What bothers me is how the first paragraph makes it sound like Walmart was somehow involved in this project. While it is true that in 2012, White Stag is sold through Walmart, it was not true in 1963 when this project happened. Am I wrong in reading it that way?
I’m also bugged about the credit line at the bottom of the article. Walmart had nothing at all to do with the information in this article, and if you do a search for White Stag on the Walmart.com site, all you get is a listing of the clothing that is made for Walmart under that brand name. Maybe they felt that a mention of the Walmart site was in order because Walmart owns the White Stag name.
I suppose that in the end I don’t have a lot to complain about, as they did not have to give me any credit at all. The information they used all came from a 1963 New York Herald Tribune column by Eugenia Sheppard which I mentioned, but that is readily available on the web. And the illustration was not from my site; it is the work on which the White Stag design was based.
So there it is. The Vintage Traveler is mentioned in my favorite magazine and that’s a good thing.
All illustrations copyright and courtesy of Selvedge