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Odd Wisconsin Archive

Women of World War Two


Dateline: May 29, 1943. On this date Norman Rockwell's painting “Rosie the Riveter” appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, forever romanticizing women's work on the home front. But what was it really like? Women at the Moe Brothers metal shop in Fort Atkinson, Wis., Goodyear’s Aircraft Manufacturing Plant in Akron, Ohio, and International Harvester’s Osborne Works in Auburn, N.Y. were all captured by the camera during or immediately after the war. This weekend, as the nation celebrates the unveiling of the World War Two Memorial in Washington, D.C., take a moment to view these and dozens of other photos of the women who served on the home front and in the trenches during WWII at Wisconsin Historical Images.
:: Posted in Curiosities on May 28, 2004
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