A Do-It-Yourself Rosie

by matilda on November 1, 2012

Post #40 - Rosie’s Daughters: The “First Woman To” Generation Tells Its Story by Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett

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.

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Cheers for Thirteen Rosie the Riveters

by matilda on October 31, 2012

Post #39 - Rosie’s Daughters: The “First Woman To” Generation Tells Its Story by Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett

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.

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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 on October 16, 2012

Post #38 - Rosie’s Daughters: The “First Woman To” Generation Tells Its Story by Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett

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:

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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.

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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 on October 11, 2012

Post #37 - Rosie’s Daughters: The “First Woman To” Generation Tells Its Story by Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett

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:

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  • 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.

    2012-general-patton-224x300 Nine-Year Old Shows Rosie the Riveter Speaks to All Age GroupsPS 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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    Submit Your Rosie the Riveter Stories — Publishing Opportunity

    by matilda on October 3, 2012

    Post #36 - Rosie’s Daughters: The “First Woman To” Generation Tells Its Story by Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett

    rosie-poster-226x300 Submit Your Rosie the Riveter Stories -- Publishing OpportunityWas your mother or grandmother a Rosie the Riveter? If so, here’s a fun way to honor her and the work that she did for this country.

    We just had an email from Stacy Flankey, General Manager of Altissimo Recordings. Her company is in the midst of working on a new CD. Specifically, Stacy works at American Patriotic Classics/Altissimo Recordings, a record label that distributes the music of the U.S. military bands.

    She told us how excited she is to be creating a tribute to “Rosie the Riveter” CD. She wrote:

    “The CD will feature music of the WWII era. We wanted to do something special for the liner notes of this project. We are seeking out personal stories, pictures, biographies, Rosie tattoos, etc. to compile and create our liner notes. We already have found one “Rosebud” that will be writing the big bulk of the notes, but wanted to reach out and include others as a tribute to other Rosies.” –Stacy Flankey

    If you have a story of your mother or grandmother who worked during World War II, consider writing it and submitting it for possible inclusion in the liner notes of this special CD. If your story is chosen, you get a free copy of the CD. And just for submitting, you will get a special 25% off coupon for the CD when it comes out.

    DETAILS
    Please send your story to stacy@militarymusic.com by October 22nd. So that it doesn’t get lost in Stacy’s emails, be sure to put ROSIE THE RIVETER in the subject line.

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    Halloween is Coming: Let Rosie the Riveter Inspire Your Costume

    by matilda on September 26, 2012

    Post #35 - Rosie’s Daughters: The “First Woman To” Generation Tells Its Story by Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett

    Each year as Halloween approaches, we get requests for our Rosie the Riveter red and white polka dot bandana. Sometimes we have the treat of seeing our Rosie bandanas in use. Now with Halloween rolling around again, I want to post a few more of the terrific photos we are sent. These are from Brenda Kowalski.

    We asked Brenda why she chose to be Rosie the Riveter, she replied:

    “I thought Rosie the Riveter would be a cool costume and very different from the “norm!”

    brenda-kowalski-rosie-the-riveter-2 Halloween is Coming: Let Rosie the Riveter Inspire Your Costume“My husband was the one who should be credited for most of my outfit and getting it just right. He insisted on buying me your bandana for one thing. He said it wouldn’t be right without it. He also bought a used lunchbox & painted it so nicely for me. Those are his boots I’m wearing, as well as his shirt and jeans. He’s a real WWII buff and was very enthusiastic about the fact that I chose Rosie to dress up as.

    “In addition, I was able to create an ID button similar to the one she wore. “Picture It” helped me superimpose my face onto a picture of a lady with a 40’s hairstyle. I received many compliments on my choice of costume which made it all worthwhile. It was so great to see many people recognized me as Rosie the Riveter.

    brenda-kowalski-rosie-the-riveter-1 Halloween is Coming: Let Rosie the Riveter Inspire Your Costume“Thank you for adding a very important component to my costume! I was very proud to represent such an important part of our history!”







    Thank you Brenda for sharing these great photos. We agree. You look terrific as Rosie.

    By the way, Kendra and I are especially pleased to announce that so many of our customers asked for a Rosie the Riveter collar pin (actually this was the employment badge) over the past several years that we went to our incredible graphic designer to see what could be done. We wanted an authentic look.

    Want to see what our Rosie the Riveter Collar Pin/Employment Badge looks like? Click here. And while you’re checking out our new Rosie collar pin, be sure to see all our other new Rosie Gear. We think you’ll be as excited as we are.

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    Rosie Wins Spirit Award

    by matilda on July 11, 2012

    Post #34 - Rosie’s Daughters: The “First Woman To” Generation Tells Its Story by Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett

    About a month ago, we received an order for our Rosie the Riveter Legacy Bandanas from the Business and Professional Women of Nevada County. We quickly put them in the mail and then sent an email asking what they were going to do with all the bandanas. It turns out that they were participating as a team in an American Cancer Society relay race.

    But I’ll let Karin Kleinhans tell you what they did and the honor they won:

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    These are the photos from the Business and Professional Women of Nevada County as we participated in the 2012 Relay for Life event for the American Cancer Society. Our theme was “ We can do it for the Cure.” I am happy to tell you that our team won the “ Spirit Award”! The Rosie bandanas stand out, and we could spot each other really easily!

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    Kendra and I think there’s nothing better than posting pictures of women showing their spirit and living empowered lives.

    Congratulations Karin. Please pass on our congrats to your entire team. We think you all look terrific.

    Rosie would be proud.

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    Nora Ephron’s Can Do Attitude

    by matilda on July 4, 2012

    Post #35 - Rosie’s Daughters: The “First Woman To” Generation Tells Its Story by Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett

    Nora Ephron at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, Photo by David Shankbone

    Nora Ephron at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, Photo by David Shankbone

    By now you know the news. Nora Ephron, a Rosie’s Daughter, died last week (June 26, 2012) at the age of 71. Born just a few months before Pearl Harbor, Ephron might be called an iconic member of the “First Woman To” Generation, those women born between 1940 and 1945. During her life, she exemplified Rosie the Riveter’s Can-Do attitude. She was a journalist turned screenwriter (she told Charlie Rose that she knew she had to become a screenwriter if she wanted to support herself as a writer), filmmaker, director, producer, novelist, memoirist, and blogger. And these were just her professional roles as she was also a wife, mother and dear friend to many.

    Ephron is probably well-known to you for her romantic comedies — When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail as well as Julie and Julia, her final film. But she also wrote Silkwood, Heartburn, Cookie, My Blue Heaven, This Is My Life, Mixed Nuts, Michael, Strike! and several more.

    Women in Hollywood have had a difficult time breaking into the upper ranks as screenwriters, directors and producer. Like Rosie the Riveter, Nora Ephron didn’t take “no” for an answer.

    She was diagnosed with leukemia in 2006 but told only her family. She was not a complainer and continued her Can-Do attitude right to the end.

    Nora Ephron will be missed.

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    Rosie the Riveter (and Her Bandana) Appears on Today Show

    by matilda on June 27, 2012

    Post #33 - Rosie’s Daughters: The “First Woman To” Generation Tells Its Story by Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett

    The Ad Council celebrated its 70th birthday recently and featured some of its most famous campaigns. Rosie the Riveter wearing one of our Rosie the Riveter’s Legacy Bandanas can be seen in many of the photos. We hope you’ll enjoy these and that they will be a reminder of the strength and courage of Rosie and all women.

    rosie-today-show-ad-council Rosie the Riveter (and Her Bandana) Appears on Today Show

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    If you want your own Rosie the Riveter Legacy Bandana and Employment Badge, just click here.

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    A New Rosie Tradition. Start Your Own.

    by matilda on June 20, 2012

    Post #32 - Rosie’s Daughters: The “First Woman To” Generation Tells Its Story by Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett

    used-rachael-felt-thanksgiving-191x300 A New Rosie Tradition. Start Your Own. We love getting photos from women who have purchased some of our Rosie the Riveter Gear. Here’s a special one. We think you’ll like Rachael’s story. Maybe it will give you an idea of a new time of year that you will wear a Rosie the Riveter bandana. We’ve been thinking that July 4th would be another great time to celebrate the strength, courage, and empowerment of that iconic woman.

    You know, Rosie turned 70 this year. The Rosie poster was created in 1942.

    My mom purchased the Legacy Bandana for a costume for Thanksgiving this year! My family started a new tradition by dressing up as famous people in US history and I immediately thought of Rosie! The bandana was perfect and everyone loved my costume! -Rachael Felt

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