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This article does not concern Margaret Fishback Powers, an author associated with the prose poem Footprints.

Margaret Fishback, later Margaret Fishback Antolini (March 10 1900 – September 25 1985), was a relatively well-published American poet and prose author from the late 1920s until the 1960s. Born in Washington, DC, she earned a degree from Goucher College before joining Macy's as a divisional advertising copywriter in 1926.[1] During the 1930s she was reputed to be the world's highest-paid female advertising copywriter.[2] She was published in The New Yorker, the New York Herald Tribune, and several well-known women's magazines.[3] According to a large collection of her papers held by Duke's Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising, and Marketing History, "Fishback contributed to advertising campaigns for Arrow Shirts, Borden's, Chef Boy-Ar-Dee, Clairol, DuPont, Gimbels, Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P), Hanes Hosiery, Martex, Norsk, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Seagram's, Simmons Beautyrest, and Wrigley, among several others."[4]

Fishback was married to Alberto Gastone Antolini, the chief rug buyer for Macy's, from 1935 to 1956. They had one son.[5]


An extensive selection of Fishback's poetry first published in periodicals later appeared in book form. Among these collections were the following:

Fishback also wrote some books for children and collaborated with artist Hilary Knight to produce A Child's Book of Natural History (USA: Platt & Monk, 1969), a revision and extension of A Child's Primer of Natural History by Oliver Herford. She wrote a book of etiquette, Safe Conduct: When to Behave—And Why, and a humorous guide to parenthood under the title Look Who's a Mother! A Book About Babies for Parents, Expectant and Otherwise.


  1. ^ Rooney, Kathleen, "Margaret Fishback Papers Depict an Illustrious Life," front&center, Fall 2007. (Accessed 24 February 2010)
  2. ^ Goodman, Stanley, "Poetry of life came through during Depression," The News of Delray Beach, October 14, 1985. (Accessed 24 February 2010)
  3. ^ Writings Series, Margaret Fishback Papers, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University.
  4. ^ Inventory of the Margaret Fishback Papers, 1863-1978 and undated, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University. (Accessed 19 January 2009)
  5. ^ Biographical Data Subseries, Margaret Fishback Papers, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University.

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Margaret Fishback (1900 – 1985) was an American poet.


  • Old man, forswear that dogged rumba
    Go home and yield to Christian slumba.
    • Source: "Morpheus Among the Night Clubbers," Time for a Quick One, p. 17 (1940)
  • Fashion makes the fur fly.
    • Source: "Sisters Under the Skin, or Fashion Makes the Fur Fly," Time for a Quick One, p. 118 (1940)

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