Woman Ordnance Worker poster "The Girl He Left Behind". Shows Rosie the Riveter in red bandana, collectors and non-collectors love these Rosie posters. There were a number of variants done during the war, this is among the most desirable.
Did you know that the real "Rosie the Riveter" was from Michigan? Geraldine Doyle was born in Inkster, MI on July 31, 1924. Her name then Geraldine Hoff, she was a high school graduate, living near Ann Arbor during the summer of 1942. She decided she would support the war effort by taking a factory job at American Broach and Machine Co. in Ann Arbor, where she operated a metal-stamping press.
Rosie the Riveter. Ca. 1940s. American. During the 1940s, especially when World War II began, there was a huge wave of feminism. Throughout the war, there were posters showing how women were tough and wanted to join the men and make a difference. One extremely famous poster was the "We Can Do It!" poster with Rosie the Riveter on it. Rosie became a well-known symbol for feminism during this time period and even today. History.com
Geraldine Hoff Doyle, the inspiration for "Rosie the Riveter," died at age 86 in Lansing, MI. A photo of Doyle working at American Broach & Machine Co. in Ann Arbor, MI in 1942 was reportedly the inspiration for the WWII “We Can Do It” poster. The poster was designed to encourage young women to work or volunteer for the war effort while men were serving overseas.