Unsung for seven decades, the real Rosie the Riveter was a California waitress named Naomi Parker Fraley. Kimble, the quest for Rosie, which began in earnest in 2010, “became an obsession,” as he explained in an interview for this obituary in 2016. Fraley, who had worked in a Navy machine shop during World War II.
Then there is the telltale polka-dot head scarf, and Mrs. “We can rule her in as a good candidate for having inspired the poster,” Dr. Her third husband, Charles Fraley, whom she married in 1979, died in 1998.
Her survivors include a son, Joseph Blankenship; four stepsons, Ernest, Daniel, John and Michael Fraley; two stepdaughters, Patricia Hood and Ann Fraley; two sisters, Mrs.
Distributed by the Acme photo agency, the photograph showed a young woman, her hair in a polka-dot bandanna, at an industrial lathe.
It was published widely in the spring and summer of 1942, though rarely with a caption identifying the woman or the factory. Doyle saw a reprint of that photo in Modern Maturity magazine. Ten years later, she came across the Miller poster, featured on the March 1994 cover of Smithsonian magazine. Doyle’s claim per se that he found suspect: As he emphasized in the Times interview, she had made it in good faith.
The most plausible claim seemed to be that of Geraldine Doyle, who in 1942 worked briefly as a metal presser in a Michigan plant.
Her claim centered in particular on a 1942 newspaper photograph.Best of all was this line:“Pretty Naomi Parker looks like she might catch her nose in the turret lathe she is operating.”Dr. Fraley and her sister, Ada Wyn Parker Loy, then living together in Cottonwood, Calif. Fraley produced the cherished newspaper photo she had saved all those years.“There is no question that she is the ‘lathe woman’ in the photograph,” Dr. An essential question remained: Did that photograph influence Mr. Miller left no heirs, and his personal papers are silent on the subject.But there is, he said, suggestive circumstantial evidence.“The timing is pretty good,” he explained.“The poster appears in Westinghouse factories in February 1943.Presumably they’re created weeks, possibly months, ahead of time.Another Rosie sprang from Norman Rockwell, whose Saturday Evening Post cover of May 29, 1943, depicts a muscular woman in overalls (the name Rosie can be seen on her lunchbox), with a rivet gun on her lap and “Mein Kampf” crushed gleefully underfoot.