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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mary Doyle Keefe has Died

Mary Doyle Keefe
AKA Rosie The Riveter

As a young woman, while working as a telephone operator out of her mother's home in Arlington, Mary was asked by West Arlington resident and artist Norman Rockwell to model for a painting as a hard-working airplane riveter, with a riveting gun in her lap and one foot firmly on a copy of Mein Kampf. She received $10.00 in compensation and much appreciation and acclaim over the years. The work appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post on May 29, 1943, and "Rosie the Riveter" soon became a nationally known icon of American resolve for women assisting in the war effort during World War II.


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