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The Model For Norman Rockwell's Rosie The Riveter Has Died At 92

Mary Doyle Keefe was 19 years old when she posed for the artist.

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Rockwell's painting represented working women on the homefront during World War II and became a symbol of the U.S. Treasury campaign to sell war bonds.

When she sat for Rockwell, Keefe was a 19-year-old telephone operator in Arlington, Vermont.


Rockwell's portrait of Keefe is not to be confused with the poster below, another popular Rosie the Riveter image from 1943.

J. Howard Miller / Westinghouse / War Production Co-ordinating Committee / Via!#/media/File:We_Can_Do_It!.jpg

Julie Kliegman is a News Fellow and is based in New York.

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