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Alfredo Chiabra-Acosta explains the significance of the title of La Campana de Palo [The Wooden Bell] magazine, distancing it from a possible link to the poem Martín Fierro by José Hernández in which the phrase “son campanas de palo las razones de los pobres” [the causes of the poor are wooden bells] stands out. Chiabra states: “No. It’s not that. The wooden bell metaphorically represents the shadowy and ghostly image of modern journalism. The exquisite and resplendent bronze statue of distant times…has become a silent and worm-eaten log.”  In such a context, the magazine “modestly” presents itself as just another of the campanas [bells] of the times. Among other pejorative attributes, the author characterizes the campanas as “mute before the spectacle of ignominy, rapaciousness, blackmail, bribery, extortion, [and] corruption.” 


La Campana de Palo published its first six editions between June and December 1925.  After a lapse in publication, the magazine reappeared in September 1926 with a contiguous enumeration, although using a different format and with the subtitle Periódico Mensual. Bellas Artes y Polémica [Monthly Newspaper: Fine Arts and Debate].  This second period [of publication] lasted until September–October 1927; within it eleven issues were published. 


La Campana de Palo was one of the main publications for the dissemination of the ideas belonging to the anarchist group led by Alfredo Chiabra-Acosta, who was also known by the pseudonym Atalaya or At.

Natalia Pineau
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Particular: Sr. Albino Fernández.