Monday, January 20, 2020

RIP: Rosie the Riveter

This is post was first published two years ago on the then recent death of Naomi Fraley, aka, Rosie "The Riveter", on January 20, 2018:

 RIP: "Rosie the Riveter" - Naomi Parker Fraley       [Aug 16, 1921 - Jan. 20, 2018]
 From Jan. 22, 2018 NY Times:  
"Unsung for seven decades, the real Rosie the Riveter was a California waitress named Naomi Parker Fraley.  Over the years, a welter of American women have been identified as the model for Rosie, the war worker of 1940s popular culture who became a feminist touchstone in the late 20th century.

Mrs. Fraley, who died on Saturday, at 96, in Longview, Wash., staked the most legitimate claim of all. But because her claim was eclipsed by another woman’s, she went unrecognized for more than 70 years.

“I didn’t want fame or fortune,” Mrs. Fraley told People magazine in 2016, when her connection to Rosie first became public. “But I did want my own identity.”

Quoting  from the New York Times, "A 1942 photograph of Naomi Parker Fraley that was the likely inspiration for the Rosie The Riveter poster."

Click here for the full story in the NY Times.

Here is the song, that Duane Patterson played on his Aftershow, about Rosie The Riveter on You Tube sung by The Four Vagabonds. "The song was written by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb" 

Rosie the Riveter:


God Bless, Naomi Parker Fraley!  May this American icon Rest in Peace!


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