The model for Norman Rockwell’s iconic 1943 “Rosie the Riveter” painting has died.
Mary Doyle Keefe, 92, died Tuesday in Simsbury, Conn., after a brief illness, according to her family.
The famed image symbolized the millions of American women who went to work during World War II.
The iconic 1943 "Rosie the Riveter" poster.HANDOUT/REUTERS
The iconic 1943 "Rosie the Riveter" poster.
Keefe grew up in Arlington, Vt., where she met Rockwell and posed for his painting when she was a 19-year-old telephone operator. The painting graced the cover of the Saturday Evening Post on May 29, 1943.
It shows a red-haired Rosie in blue jean work overalls sitting down, with a sandwich in her left hand, her right arm atop a lunchbox with the name “Rosie” on it, a rivet gun on her lap and her feet resting on a copy of Adolf Hitler’s manifesto “Mein Kampf.”