Fact of the Day:: 20 October 2009.
The iconic "We Can Do It" logo, immortalized on t-shirts, posters, coffee mugs, and avatars everywhere, does NOT depict WWII cultural symbol Rosie the Riveter. From DocsPopuli:
“For the past 60 years, the popular image of the World War II-era female worker in the “We Can Do It” poster has evoked strength and empowerment. The American public identified the image as “Rosie the Riveter,” named for the women who were popping rivets on the West Coast, making bombers and fighters for aeronautical companies like Boeing. But history tells a different story. In 1942, the Westinghouse Corporation, in conjunction with the War Production Coordinating Committee, commissioned the poster. It was to be displayed for only two weeks in Westinghouse factories in the Midwest where women were making helmet liners. They made 13 million plastic helmet liners out of a material called Mycarta, the predecessor to Formica (which means “formerly Mycarta”). So, more aptly named, this woman is Molly the Mycarta Molder or Helen the Helmet Liner Maker.” (Ed Reis, Volunteer Historian for Westinghouse, as interviewed by California Federation of Teachers Publications Director Jane Hundertmark, February 5, 2003)
Who knew? Perhaps Chris Collicott did, when he designed these full bodied Rosie the Riveter bookends.
Cast from stone resin, she'll capture your heart, and then weld your soul.