Rosie the Riveter Bandana on Her Head and a Rosie on Her Arm

by Matilda Butler on February 15, 2013

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Rosie Would Be Impressed

For the past few years at work, I have dressed up as Rosie the Riveter during Halloween. It started just as a fun, comfortable, cute costume, but over the past two years it has become more serious to me than that.

As you can see from the picture I have her tattooed on my arm and she symbolizes to me the hard working, beautiful American woman. I got the tattoo to honor all of the Rosie’s out there as well as all of the men and women they supported.

So every year at the office a lot of my co-workers look forward to seeing me dressed up as Rosie especially since I have her authentic bandana. I will continue to dress up as her every year and wear her bandana and her picture on my arm proudly.

— Jennifer Strafford


Modern Rosie the Riveter Wins Music CD

by Matilda Butler on February 11, 2013

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Winner Announced for “We Can Do It! - Celebrating Women in WWII” Music CD Giveaway

On January 31, we announced a contest with the prize of a new CD featuring the vintage songs of WWII, performed by military bands. Altissimo Recordings has just released this CD and offered to give a copy to one of our commenters. In announcing the contest, we invited readers to tell us “what you like about Rosie or what you admire about women who worked in WWII or why you like the music of that era.”

We got some really great comments. We wish we had CDs for everyone, but we had to select just one. Our congratulations to Robyn Womac-Fortin. She seems to embody the modern day spirit of Rosie the Riveter. We hope you all agree with our choice. Below is her comment.

Be Sure to Get Your Copy of the CD

You can all be winners when you purchase a copy of this CD. Just click on the image to the left. Amazon lets you sample the songs. Then you can purchase individual ones or even the entire set as MP3 files. Or, if you prefer, you can purchase all 20 songs on CD. Either way, you’re bound to enjoy this nostalgic music.

Winning Comment

Congratulations Robyn…

As a young army wife of an active duty solider it is difficult when my counterpart is sent off to boot camp, then selection, and numerous training schools. At the beginning of 2013, he left for our first deployment.

We live outside the city surrounded by acres of farm land and I am out here all alone save my three dogs. When my husband is gone it always seems like my fortitude is tested with a crazy turn of events. The week he left, our truck broke down and I didn’t have the money to take it in. Instead I watched some YouTube videos and figured out how to replace an alternator on my own and fixed the truck!

Next, coyotes attacked one of my dogs mangling her to the brink of death. In the daytime I tend to her and at night I’m spotlighting to thin out their vicious pack.

When random things break around the house, and trust me they have, it’s on me to fix it. So I roll up my sleeves, give myself a pep talk and say “I can do it!” Last Halloween I bought myself one of your bandanas [through this website] and recently I find myself wearing it when doing yard work and repairs. Like refurbishing the old 1920s tobacco barn on the back of our property. Or sanding down my old doors for a home project.

I know it may sound crazy but when your all alone sometimes you find your strength through things you normally wouldn’t. When I put on that polka-dotted piece of cloth I feel like I have the motivation and will to take on any obstacle. I think back on what it must have been like for all those women to be outta their comfort zone, learning a new trade to help keep our nation functioning and our men alive through all their efforts on the home front.

I have always enjoyed music from past eras, Ella Fitzgerald is my all time favorite singer. If you ask most girls in their 20s today who Ella Fitz is, they most likely have no clue. The music during that era for some reason has always spoken to me. Before my husband left he bought me a going away present, even though he was the one doing the leaving. The present is a replica gramophone that uses no electricity just the acoustic construction of the horn to play music off iPhones! You place your phone in this hole and sound funnels up the base through the neck and is amplified out. It even makes new music sound like an old record.

I would love nothing more than to have the songs of World War II play through my gramophone to help time pass till my husband returns.

–Robyn Womac-Fortin


Give-Away: Music CD Celebrating Women in World War II

by Matilda Butler on January 31, 2013

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Leave a Comment and Enter Our Give-Away Contest

After writing the award-winning collective memoir: Rosie’s Daughters: The “First Woman To” Generation Tells Its Story, Second Edition, Kendra Bonnett and I found that we had fallen in love with Rosie the Riveter and all things Rosie. We even developed a whole product line (red-and-white polka dot bandanas and mugs, Rosie collar pin/employment badge, a polka dot bag with rivets, a Rosie the Riveter cookbook and more) that featured Rosie.

Rosie’s World War II Music Give-Away

Part of the fun of all of this is that we get to meet such interesting people. Of course there are our customers who also love Rosie. We’ve shared some of their stories on this website and have more we’ll continue to share over the coming months. But we also get to meet other people who are interested in Rosie and have products of interest to our readers. One of these is Stacy Flankey. Stacy emailed us a few months ago. Her company, Altissimo Recordings, was working on a music CD with songs from World War II. But it was more than just the period. It was a CD dedicated to Celebrating Women in WWII. How great is that!

Stacy was interested in findings stories about women who worked during WWII. We wrote this up and urged readers to send her stories. We thought that would be the end of it.

But about a week ago, Stacy sent us a pre-release copy of the CD and we fell in love with it. Songs include Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Begin the Beguine, I’ll Be Seeing You, Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree and more — a total of 20 fabulous 40s musical offerings. The music is played/sung by the US Air Force Airmen of Note, US Navy Commodores, US Army Jazz Ambassadors, among others.

When we thanked Stacy, she came up with a great idea. She said that she’d contribute a CD to give away on our website.*

Just Leave a Comment and You Are Automatically Entered In Our Contest

So if you love Rosie the Riveter like we do and enjoy the music of her era, then we invite you to leave us a comment below. Your comment automatically enters you in our contest. Tell us what you like about Rosie the Riveter, or what you admire about the women who worked during WWII, or why you like the music from WWII period. It doesn’t need to be long — just a couple of sentences.

Then on February 10, we’ll choose a winner to receive a free copy of this fabulous CD: We Can Do It! - Celebrating Women in WWII.

Second Edition of Rosie’s Daughters Now Available

It is great fun for us that we get to announce the release of the second edition of our award-winning collective memoir: Rosie’s Daughters: The “First Woman To” Generation Tells Its Story, Second Edition at the same time that we announce the release of Altissimo’s We Can Do It! - Celebrating Women in WWII.

I conducted the interviews with more than 100 women who were born during World War II, the daughters of the iconic Rosie the Riveter, in 2002. Although the book was initially published in 2007, Kendra and I realized that these women — Rosie’s Daughters — had gone through the decade of their 60s, a period that were just anticipating at the time of the interviews. Now they were already anticipating the decade of their 70s. It was time to revisit them, to look at the experiences of the past decade, and to see what they were anticipating for the next decade of their lives. We were surprised by their responses and decided to share our findings in an all-new chapter in this collective memoir. We think these women’s stories will inspire you as you look forward in your own life, independent of your current age.

If interested, you can order through Amazon or if you would like an autographed copy, you can order directly from us.

We Look Forward to Your Comment and Will Enter You In the WWII Music CD Give-Away

We wish you luck and hope you win. But if you aren’t the lucky one but love this music, be sure to get your copy from Amazon — just click on any of the links in this blog. On Amazon, you’ll see that the music is available on a CD and also as mp3 files. Each song is also available separately. Of course, you can preview each song by clicking here: We Can Do It! - Celebrating Women in WWII.

*Note: We are giving away two copies of this CD. The second copy will be given away on our website featuring memoir writing — Women’s Memoirs. If you like, you are welcome to leave a second comment on that website and you will be entered in that contest as well.


Rosie the Riveter’s Been with Her for Six Years

by Matilda Butler on November 12, 2012

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The post-Halloween time is always fun for us as we begin receiving photos from women who “became” Rosie this year. Here’s a recent one from LaDonna that she sent along with these words:

Your scarf and employment badge MADE my costume.

We thought you’d enjoy her response when we asked for permission to post her photo showing her in the Rosie the Riveter Legacy Bandana and the Rosie Employment Badge/Collar Pin.

Certainly…I don’t mind at all. Rosie has been my constant companion for 6 years…I have her likeness tattooed on my right shoulder! She has inspired me for years.

Thanks for keeping Rosie alive!

Our message to every woman is to indeed “keep Rosie alive.” Her message is one of empowerment and we need to pass on her story and her history. So we say back to LaDonna, “Thank you for showing your inner Rosie all year long and your outer Rosie on Halloween.”


Walking in Rosie the Riveter’s Shoes

by Matilda Butler on November 6, 2012

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This is the year that Kendra and I decided to launch our DIY Rosie the Riveter Kit. At first, we were going to include the large (24″x36″) poster (just waiting for you to pose in front of it), the Rosie the Riveter Legacy red and white polka dot bandana, and our cool Rosie the Riveter Collar Pin (which was actually her employment badge). Nice kit.

But if you follow our blog, you know that we have a hard time saying enough is enough. So we created an authentic Rosie the Riveter Ration Book. This is based on a ration book that my friend
has. She was born during WWII and received the ration book in 1944. Her family kept it for many years and now she has it. She shared it with us so that we could create one — complete with ration coupons — to add to our DIY Rosie the Riveter Kit. We like authenticity and it just doesn’t get any more authentic than this.

But that didn’t seem like enough. So we created a Rosie the Riveter Cookbook — complete with World War II messages and recipes that were used during those years. We tested them to make sure that if you want to have a party and make some authentic dishes, you’d be happy with the results. We had these printed and there is one of these fun cookbooks in each DIY Rosie Kit.

Wait. Wait. Rosie was a riveter. We decided she kept rivets in her pocket — just to be ready. But to make them fun, we put rivets in a red and white polka dot bag. Really great. We tuck one of these bags, complete with rivets, in each DIY Rosie Kit.

And finally, Kendra and I so love our Rosie the Riveter zipper pulls (we wear one on our jackets and vests) that we have added one to the DIY Rosie Kit. It is just like the Rosie Collar Pin except it is a little smaller and has the hook to add to your zipper.

Now we had a Rosie kit that seemed just perfect. But we didn’t know if others would think it was as great as we did. The results are in and the answer is YES. You’ve already seen the poster in some of our previous posts. But today we want to share two photos that just came in from Jaime. Jaime purchased the DIY Rosie Kit for Halloween. Here she is:

We love the message she sent to us.

Jaime A.K.A Rosie

Thank you again for offering this kit. I can’t believe the response I got! I want to be Rosie forever. Now that I walked a day in Rosie’s shoes I feel like I can conquer the world!

I wore this to work, and I think I’ve earned myself a nickname. I’ll bet you $5 I’m called Rosie from now on.

In this second photo, you’ll see Jaime wears her red and white bag with rivets on her belt and has her ration book tucked in her pocket.

Jaime, thanks for sharing the photos with us. We agree with you that you can conquer the world. After all, We Can Do It.


A Budding Activist and Rosie the Riveter

by Matilda Butler on November 3, 2012

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If you were out this Halloween, you just might have seen Rosie the Riveter. She stands for strength, courage and empowerment. We have many women who love her look and her message. They sometimes have to explain who Rosie is, but often friends just complement them on the great costume.

This year, we’re especially delighted with all the young women who want to be Rosie. After all, that really was the point of the slogan we developed: We Can Do It…Pass It On. We want the younger generation to know how much they can do with their lives and the real contribution they can make to society.

So today, we’re sharing the story and photo of Haley, another young Rosie.

This great photo was sent to us by Haley’s mother who wrote:

My 11-year-old budding civil activist daughter spent her own 10 dollars at a fair a few months ago on a ‘We Can Do It’ metal sign. She was already aware of Rosie and had mentioned wanting such a poster. After her purchase she soon decided that was who she wanted to be for Halloween. I’ve attached a picture of her from Halloween night wearing the bandana we got through you. I thought it was such a good picture that I had to share!

Thanks. We think it is a great picture too. And Haley, we know You Can Do It — anything you put your mind to. Thank you for honoring Rosie this Halloween. We think she’d be proud of you.


A Do-It-Yourself Rosie

by Matilda Butler on November 1, 2012

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Rosie the Riveter Makes a New Appearance
It was just about a year ago when Kendra and I looked back at our 2011 Halloween season. We sell our Rosie the Riveter bandanas all year long, but have a real rush in the two months leading up to Halloween.

When we reflected on the requests that we got for a Rosie the Riveter Collar Pin and saw the number of photos where the famous Rosie poster had been drawn on white boards and card board, we decided it was time to expand our offerings.

Making an official Rosie the Riveter poster — minus Rosie — wasn’t the easiest task because we wanted the highest quality and accuracy possible. We wanted every woman to have the opportunity to “do the Rosie” under the words We Can Do It.

So just in time for Halloween 2012, we rolled out our DIY Rosie poster and kit. We’ll share some of the photos that are coming in showing women wearing the Rosie the Riveter Legacy Bandana and standing in front of our DIY poster.

We’re thrilled to help pass the word about the strength, courage, and empowerment of women.

Here’s Jessica Ross as Rosie.


Cheers for Thirteen Rosie the Riveters

by Matilda Butler on October 31, 2012

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Our Hats (Well, Bandanas) Are Off to You

We’ve just concluded our busiest season of the year and we’re still excited. Why? We love that each year more and more women (of all ages) want to be Rosie the Riveter for Halloween. We think Rosie would love how these women are eager to show their strength, courage, and empowerment.

As some of these women share their photos with us, we’re going to share them with you. They are so great that we don’t want to be the only ones to see them.

This photograph just came in from Marcie Obrenski with the following note:

A heartfelt thank you for supplying us with our MADE IN USA Rosie bandanas and the Rosie Employment Badge Collar pins.

Here’s our group of 13 IBEW proud women in our Rosie costumes for Halloween!

Marcie — Thanks for sharing. We love seeing all of you “doing the Rosie.”

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A Young Rosie the Riveter Asks All the Right Questions

by Matilda Butler on October 16, 2012

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A Rosie (the Riveter) Halloween

Kendra and I are having so much fun this Halloween season. Yes, for us it is a season not just a single day. We get our first orders for Rosie the Riveter Gear in August. They begin to rise the closer we get to the actual day. This means long hours of filling orders, making sure each person gets the requested items — Rosie the Riveter Legacy Bandana, Rosie’s Employment Badge/Collar Pin, Rosie the Riveter Do It Yourself Poster, etc.

All of that is the work part and takes many hours as we fold and bag them ourselves. So why are we having fun? It’s because we get to communicate with so many fans of Rosie the Riveter and often to to see photos. Yesterday, Kendra received this photo:

Abigail’s mother shared the story of this strong, empowered Rosie:

“I decided to dress Abigail up as Rosie the Riveter this year for Halloween. She has such a strong personality and I-can-do-anything attitude. I thought Rosie would be just right for her. And I must say I think she fit the role perfectly. She loved it!

“Abigail was so interested in who Rosie the Riveter was and what she stood for. I loved answering every curious question.

“We need more women like Rosie! Thanks again for getting the bandana and pin to me so fast. It made her outfit just perfect!”

And here’s Rosie-Abigail ready for work, lunchpail in hand, employment badge on her collar, and red and white bandana on her head.

Rosie-Abigail, ready for work

Rosie-Abigail, ready for work

Abigail — keep asking those questions. And when someone asks you “Why?” you want to be a strong woman, answer “Why not!”

Abigail, we thank both you and your mother for sharing these great photos and your story.

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Nine-Year Old Shows Rosie the Riveter Speaks to All Age Groups

by Matilda Butler on October 11, 2012

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Halloween is coming and Rosie the Riveter just may be showing up at your door. We know of at least one 9-year-old who will proudly be wearing her Rosie Gear for Halloween.

Last night we got this fabulous photograph from one of our customers. She bought our all-new DIY Rosie: The Ultimate Rosie the Riveter Legacy Portrait Kit. But before I tell you about the kit, I’d like to introduce you to Casie.

Casie Ziegler showing the strength of women

Casie Ziegler. Never underestimate the power of a woman.

Here’s what Casie’s mother told us:

“My daughter has been interested in the women of WWII ever since her best friend studied the war last year. He dressed up as General Patton. She wanted to prove to him that girls were just as tough. We ordered your DIY Rosie: The Ultimate Rosie the Riveter Legacy Portrait Kit and Casie is going to be Rosie for Halloween. She wanted me to send you her picture.

“She is 9 years old and she is inspired. Thanks so much!! My great aunt was a WASP in WWII. Never underestimate the power of a woman!”

Thanks. We’re so proud to see Casie in her Rosie Gear. She already shows the strength, courage, and empowerment that Rosie the Riveter stood for.

And Casie, we thought you’d like to see this anonymous quote that is displayed at the Rosie the Riveter Memorial as it highlights the vital role women played in winning World War II.

“You must tell your children, putting modesty aside, that without us, without women, there would have been no spring in 1945.”

Yes, the men (and some women) went to war. But they could not have gone if there were not women here making the ships and planes needed for the war as well as taking over the milions of jobs previously handled only by men.

Interested in our Rosie DIY Kit?

As with all of our products, there is a story behind this kit. Our newest product is designed to meet the needs of our customers. Last year, we got photos from our customers showing them “Doing the Rosie” in front of handmade posters. It was clear they wanted to pose just like the real Rosie. We decided to help out. We copied the original J. Howard Miller illustration, right down to Miller’s signature, but without Rosie’s portrait in the center. Now generations of women can make their own Rosie portrait.

But that’s not all. This is the Ultimate Rosie the Riveter Legacy Portrait Kit because it includes everything an Aspiring Rosie needs (except work clothes and shoes). Here’s what you get:

  • Rosie “We Can Do It!” Portrait Background Poster (24″ x 32″)
  • Original Rosie the Riveter Legacy Bandana (27″ x 27″)
  • Rosie the Riveter Employment Badge Collar Pin
  • Rosie the Riveter Employment Badge Zipper Pull
  • Rosie’s Rivets and Polka-Dot Bag (pretty organza bag filled with real metal rivets)
  • Rosie the Riveter Legacy Cookbook (recipes popular during the war years)
  • Rosie’s War Ration Book (because Rosie never left home without hers)
  • Heavy-duty cardboard mailing tube and shipping label (making this a great gift for a mother, daughter, granddaughter or dear friend)
  • We recently heard from another customer. She had a luncheon with the theme of women and courage. In addition to the DIY Rosie Portrait Kit, she purchased additional items. Each guest got a Rosie bandana plus Rosie collar/employment pin plus a Rosie the Riveter cookbook* and Rosie’s Ration Book*. She mounted the poster from the kit and the women posed in front of it. We’re eager to see these photos and will share with you.

    How will you use yours?

    *We don’t usually sell our Rosie the Riveter Cookbooks and Rosie’s Ration Book separately. However, if you are having a party and want to use these are favors, just send us an email with the number you want and we’ll send you a quote.

    And Casie, one more thing. We wear our Rosie the Riveter Zipper Pull all year round on vests, jackets, sweaters… well, just about everything that has a zipper. When we wear ours, we’ll think about you and hope you’re wearing the one that came in your DIY Rosie Kit.

    PS After we posted this great story and photos, we had a lovely email from the mother of General Patton who was mentioned above. She graciously sent us her son’s photo. We thought you’d enjoy seeing it.

    Here’s what his mother wrote:

    “You wrote an article about a little girl named Casie that will be Rosie the Riveter for Halloween. She talked about a little boy that studied WWII and dressed up as General Patton. That little General Patton is my son Jonathan, Casie’s best friend. He has been fascinated with WWII since he before he turned 5 and probably knows more than most adults do about WWII. I am so glad that he has inspired Casie to be Rosie the Riveter and I can’t tell you how great these two kids are.”

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