Thursday, December 30, 2010
In 1941, a United Press International photographer snapped a photo that would help inspire the nation. As the Lansing State Journal writes, it captured a 17-year-old bandana-clad girl who was working at a metal-pressing plant near Ann Arbor.
That image heavily influenced a poster that "evoked female power and independence under the slogan 'We Can Do It!,' " The Washington Post writes. It became one of the most-famous "Rosie the Riveter" illustrations of the war.
Geraldine Hoff Doyle of Lansing, who 40 years later didn't realize that the photo of her played a role in the Rosie phenomena, died Sunday at a hospice in Lansing. She was 86.
For the complete story from NPR's All Things Considered (copy above is from the story), including the audio, click here.
Photo left: The 1941 photo of Geraldine Hoff Doyle eventually made its way on to the cover of a 1986 Time-Life book, 'The Patriotic Tide: 1940-1950'.
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