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Naomi Parker Fraley, the “real” Rosie the Riveter, has died

Professor James Kimble was looking for six years to the woman who was the model for the famous poster of Rosie the Riveter. Previously it was thought that any other woman is the inspiration for the drawing, but he identified Naomi Parker Fraley in 2015. She died Saturday at age 96.

The poster of Rosie the Riveter is an American symbol for women who during the Second world War in the factories when the men at the front fought. Later the statue was an icon for women’s rights. The poster is probably based on a photograph of a woman in a factory.

Parker Fraley remained for years under the radar. It was Geraldine Doyle, a woman who is metal processed in a factory in Michigan, who thought themselves to recognize on the photo. Her claim was widely accepted, and when she died in 2010, wrote to the newspapers that she is the woman behind the photo was. Professor Kimble something wasn’t right, and he went in search of more evidence. In 2015 and struck he in the photo of the woman, with the caption, a name, location and date. ‘The handsome Naomi Parker operates a machine. The women wear work clothing, but beauty is of secondary importance these days.’

The then 20-year-old Parker Fraley went in 1942, after the attack on Pearl Harbour, to work in a factory in Alameda. When she in 2011, to a meeting was for female labour during the war, she saw for the first time, her photo to the poster. When the photo was Geraldine Doyle, but she knew that that was not right. “I couldn’t believe it,” said Parker. “I knew that I was in that picture.’

When professor Kimble at Parker Fraley aanklopte, she was glad that someone finally got to her story wanted to listen. “It is a victory’, let them know.

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