Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Rosie the Riveter Dies

Parker Fraley, who died on Saturday aged 96, in Longview, Washington, was the inspiration for Rosie the Riveter, a poster that became an enduring symbol of American feminism and one of the country's most iconic images. The poster, by the Pittsburgh artist J Howard Miller, depicted a wartime woman worker in a blue shirt and a red polka-dot bandanna, flexing her bicep, with the caption "We Can Do It!". Miller's poster is thought to have been based on a photograph of a woman standing at a lathe which was published by a number of magazines in 1943 but seemingly never captioned with a name or a date.


Mr Miller's poster went largely unnoticed at the time - it was displayed only in-house at Westinghouse electric plants - but it became an icon decades later, printed on everything from T-shirts to fridge magnets to skin, and reimagined by singer Beyonce, the New Yorker magazine and others.



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#1 | Posted by tonytripoli at 2018-01-23 11:07 AM

My 94 yr old Mother was a riveter too.

Love ya Mom.

#2 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2018-01-23 03:19 PM

My 94 yr old Mother was a riveter too.

Love ya Mom.

#3 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2018-01-23 03:19 PM

Rosie should have her own woman's day celebration.

That iconic artwork is still in use; my daughter the PhD has this T shirt...

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-24 01:32 PM

#5 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-24 01:42 PM

What a beautiful girl she was!

Am I allowed to say that?

I don't care. She was hot in her day. It may have been nothing but a marketing ploy but it worked. She sure inspired a lot men to fight for their country.

Rest in peace beautiful girl.

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-24 04:14 PM

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