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    R.I.P. Rosie, you inspired a Nation.

    Vt. woman who posed as 'Rosie the Riveter' dies - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

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    Wonder what kind of sandwich she was eating? Spinach maybe? 'cause with those arms it sure looks like she could give Popeye a run for the money.
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    I noticed that too. Female head placed on a man body?

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    I would like to know the story on that picture.I've never seen a woman with pipes like that.One of my aunts was a riveter on the lancasters in Malton.

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    I read that Rockwell later apologized for making her arms so big.
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    And if you read the above, here is Michaelangelo's Isaiah.

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    I have no idea where his sandwich went, looks like someone plucked it right out of his hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    Wonder what kind of sandwich she was eating? Spinach maybe? 'cause with those arms it sure looks like she could give Popeye a run for the money.
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    Because this has turned out more interesting to me personally than I would have thought when I first posted it, I will finish it out with a few additional things.

    First, here is Rosie's/Mary's obituary.

    Mary Doyle Keefe, fondly known to many as "Rosie the Riveter," of Simsbury, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2015. She was 92. She lived for the last eight years at The McLean Village Community. Mrs. Keefe was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Robert J. Keefe, Sr.; parents, Sarah and John Doyle of Arlington, Vermont; brother, Edward Doyle; and sister, Frances Doyle Mooney.

    Born in Bennington, Vermont, Mary was a proud resident of Arlington, Vermont. After graduating from Arlington High School, she attended Temple University, graduating with a dental hygiene degree. Mary was a dental hygienist in Bennington when she met Robert J. Keefe, whom she married in June 1949. They established themselves in Whitman, Massachusetts and later, Nashua, New Hampshire, raising their four children and making lifelong friends in both communities. Mary and Bob were founding members of a Whitman Supper Club, a storied club that lasted for more than 40 years.

    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.

    Mary will be remembered as a loving, patient, and generous wife, mother, and grandmother. Her personal interests included maintaining a daily interest in sporting teams, especially the Red Sox, Celtics, and UConn Women's Basketball teams, as well as bridge, golf, cooking, and baking for her family and friends, and watching with great delight as her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren grew and prospered.

    She is survived by her four children, William J. Keefe (Elizabeth) of Reston, Virginia; Barbara K. Boska (William) of Sparta, New Jersey; Robert J. Keefe, Jr. (Carol) of Woodbury, Minnesota; and Mary Ellen Keefe (Keith Bombard) of East Granby, Connecticut, 11 grandchildren, and five great children, as well as Shelly Jackson, her dear friend and care companion, and many wonderful, supportive friends from the McLean Village Community. The family expresses its heartfelt thanks to the McLean Health Center Medical team and the Hospice care team. - See more at: Mary Keefe Obituary, Simsbury, CT | Hartford Funeral Homes and Connecticut Obituaries

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    Perhaps most interesting to me, since I love Rockwell paintings is that her (Rosie's/Mary's) Uncle appears in all of the "Four Freedoms" paintings Rockwell did during the war. Interesting because the one entitled "Freedom of Speech" (a print of course) has hung in my office for a great many years and is a favorite picture of mine.

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    One additional Rockwell print appears in my office and it is this one...which Rosie has no connection to that I'm aware of, but I just happen to like.

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    Finally, it was only after reading the above obituary that I realized that the painting of Rosie has her with her foot on Hitler's "Mein Kampf". I've studied that picture a great many times and never noticed that. Rockwell's ability to convey his thoughts through his brush was truly amazing.

    Of Rockwell's several self portraits, this is my favorite.

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