Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter, the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in May, 1943.
~ by lolarusa on June 2, 2010.
Posted in 40s, Art, History, Illustration, Magazines, War, Women's Lib Tags: Norman Rockwell
She looks strong. I guess that’s the idea. Those shoes don’t look very safe for work though.
jill said this on June 3, 2010 at 6:20 am
According to the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast, there was a shortage of work boots in women’s sizes during the war, so it was common for women to do factory work in inadequate shoes like loafers.
They also pointed out that Rosie’s pose is modeled on Michelangelo’s portrait of Isaiah in the Sistine Chapel.
lolarusa said this on June 3, 2010 at 2:20 pm
That explains the shoes. Interesting about the pose, also massive legs and very small head add to the solid strong look of the work. I like it.
jill said this on June 3, 2010 at 7:25 pm
WOW! Subliminally I probably made the connection to Isaiah, but it’s so satisfying to have that pointed out…
Uncle Vinny said this on June 4, 2010 at 12:16 am
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