Norman Rockwell''s 'Rosie the Riverter' Model Dies

  • Rockwell's 1943 Saturday Evening Post cover featuring Rosie the Riveter

    Rockwell's 1943 Saturday Evening Post cover featuring Rosie the Riveter

The woman who inspired many during World War II after posing as the model for Norman Rockwell's painting 'Rosie the Riveter' died on April 21 in Simsbury, Conn. Mary Doyle Keefe was 92.

Keefe was a 19-year-old telephone operator from Vermont when she posed for Rockwell.

With a sandwich clenched in one hand and a rivet gun on her lap, Keefe's image came to symboloize women's war efforts and spirit of determination. Rockwell's rendition of "Rosie the Riveter" was popularized after it appeared the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, on May 29, 1943.

The iconic painting now resides at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark.

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