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    Default Ever wonder what Rosie the Riveter did in her time off?

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    interesting article on innovation in recreational canoeing here: link
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    Default Re: Ever wonder what Rosie the Riveter did in her time off?

    The original Rosie the Riveter wasn't the young woman in the 'We Can Do It' poster, but this Normal Rockwell painting, not someone I'd want to arm wrestle with. I once saw a picture of the model he used, who looked a lot more like the photo in the OP; he made her a lot more muscular. Note what's under her foot.

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    Rose P Will, I believe. Not the original Rosie of song fame but one of the more famous Rosie’s.

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    Re: the Rockwell illustration of Rosie - I guess safety shoes weren't a requirement in 1943...
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    My grandmother, " nana," was a, "Rosie." She worked in the Brooklyn Navy Yard during WWII.

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    My Mom was a "Rosie" -- she riveted on B-24s, and riveted and welded on ships. She met Dad (Bosun's Mate on a Sub Chaser) at a barbecue for Navy men in Key West.

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    Default Re: Ever wonder what Rosie the Riveter did in her time off?

    The WWII Willow Run plant making B-24s also employed midgets to work inside the wings during assembly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    Re: the Rockwell illustration of Rosie - I guess safety shoes weren't a requirement in 1943...
    Never noticed that. I guess not; Rockwell was pretty good with details.
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    Re: the Rockwell illustration of Rosie - I guess safety shoes weren't a requirement in 1943...
    Never noticed that. I guess not; Rockwell was pretty good with details.
    Evidence indicates he got it right.


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    Ronnie the Bren Gun Girl:


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    dang bruce, i saw your name in the queue and thought for sure you'd be the one guy to comment on advances in recreational canoeing. . .

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    My mother was also a 'Rosie', and worked on the B-29's involved in the atomic bombs on Japan. She didn't talk about it when we were younger - but I learned a lot, in her later years.
    There's a lot of things they didn't tell me when I signed on with this outfit....

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    my grandmother was a seamstress before the war
    she worked at the Willys Jeep factory in Toledo during the war, night shift the whole time
    after the war she went back to sewing, at the Lazyboy factory in Monroe Michigan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
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    interesting article on innovation in recreational canoeing here: link
    Got a love/hate relationship with those canoes. They let lots of folks get on the water. They're also like paddling an oven made from kettle drums on a hot day. Best innovation was the light grey textured paint that Grumman started to put in their boats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    dang bruce, i saw your name in the queue and thought for sure you'd be the one guy to comment on advances in recreational canoeing. . .

    I did think about digging out pics of my old canoe with an inner-tube mushed under the thwarts, but Ronnie seemed more interesting.

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    Has anyone ever seen or sailed the little riveted Grumman (sailing) dink?
    That was an exceptional boat. I had one for a short time, it did everything well. Row, paddle, sail, motor, and safely carry an oversized load. Phil Rhodes...
    It may have been the best boat I ever had, but there was no "sneaking up" on anything!



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    Rhodes designed the Alcan aluminum Petrel 12, too. I can't say I've liked the ones I've sailed...heavy, slow and frustratingly safe.

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    Oh, Jeeze... safety junkie again (I can't help myself - it seems to be an on-going part of my career to try to instill good safety practices in the boatyards I am involved with...)

    Bruce's pic of 'Rosie the Bren Gun Girl': Really? Sticking your (clean, made-up) face that close to a metal lathe without safety glasses?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    Oh, Jeeze... safety junkie again (I can't help myself - it seems to be an on-going part of my career to try to instill good safety practices in the boatyards I am involved with...

    Bruce's pic of 'Rosie the Bren Gun Girl': Really? Sticking your (clean, made-up) face that close to a metal lathe without safety glasses?
    At least they have their hair tied up and no l,oose cuffs.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    Bruce's pic of 'Rosie the Bren Gun Girl': Really? Sticking your (clean, made-up) face that close to a metal lathe without safety glasses?
    Safety glasses were pretty common back then. I'd bet the photographer had her take off her glasses to look prettier for the photo, with the lathe stopped. The woman in #20, OTOH . . .
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    I was surprised by how many of the Rosies were wearing safety glasses!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    Oh, Jeeze... safety junkie again (I can't help myself - it seems to be an on-going part of my career to try to instill good safety practices in the boatyards I am involved with...)

    Bruce's pic of 'Rosie the Bren Gun Girl': Really? Sticking your (clean, made-up) face that close to a metal lathe without safety glasses?
    At a rough guess,it was probably the ate eighties before I saw a majority of lathe and mill operators wearing safety glasses.It was a good bit earlier that they became almost universal when using grinders.While we are on the subject of safety,when will it become normal for Americans to use crown guards or riving knives on their saws?

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    Crown guard? Whazzat???

    when will Americans adopt sliding table saws?
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    I've got a riving knife on my table saw; made it myself and mounted in the slot that used to hold the lawyer-designed guard that made the thing damn near impossible to use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    Bruce's pic of 'Rosie the Bren Gun Girl'
    She's not Rosie. She's Ronnie. Ronnie the Bren Gun Girl (Rosie's Canadian precursor).


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    Ooops! Sorry, Ronnie...

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    Quote Originally Posted by robm View Post
    I was surprised by how many of the Rosies were wearing safety glasses!
    Safety glasses? Or welding glasses - the boat picture, and sunglasses - the outside aircraft assembly picture? whether or not safety glasses were common, those headscarfs would be a pain with glasses.
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    I worked in production machine shops in my younger years and until the mid-late 1960's safety glasses were for grinders and other high speed machine tools. During a slim period when I took a job in a union shop, 1979-80 they were provided and required on the shop floor, no exceptions.

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    My grandmother stitched the wings on p38 lightings. The men on her shift whom she worked did not want her there so they intentionally hid all work gloves until the shift manager on the 3rd day realized she had bled on a dozen planes. Despite her hands being cut to the bone... she was out pacing the men by double. Her efforts did not go unnoticed by the factory floor manager. She was so good by the end of second week - she was shift lead. The factory give her 18 it gold p38 ear rings as a acknowledgment to her work ethic and dedication.

    I lost those well earned earrings playing with them in yard after she gave them to me at 10.

    she raised both my father and his sister alone while she worked there.
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    My mother worked as a secretary at the local Army Air Field. That is her in foreground.

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