Rosie The Riveter Passes


Geraldine Hoff Doyle was famous, but didn't know it until years later!

First, I should mention that Geraldine Hoff Doyle died on Sunday, She was 86.

We know Geraldine as the "face" on the famous Rosie The Riveter"/"Yes We Can" Poster...although she never knew that her image was used on the WWII poster until almost 40 years later!

As a 17-year-old in 1942, Geraldine was working as a metal presser at a Michigan factory when she was captured on film by a United Press photographer. The image for the poster was drawn by graphic artist J. Howard Miller and used on a motivational poster. It later became iconic during the feminist movement during the latter half of the century. Geraldine did not have a clue about the “Rosie The Riveter” poster until the 1980s when she saw her own face staring back at in within the pages of a magazine.

Her image's poster is being used on a postage stamp.

To my knowledge, Geraldine was never compensated, in any way, for the use of her image. This is wrong.

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