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The Model For Norman Rockwell's Rosie The Riveter Has Died At 92

Mary Doyle Keefe was 19 years old when she posed for the artist.

Posted on April 22, 2015, at 6:32 p.m. ET

Mary Doyle Keefe, the model for Norman Rockwell's iconic Rosie the Riveter portrait, died Tuesday at age 92, the Associated Press reported.

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The painting ran on the May 29, 1943 cover of the Saturday Evening Post.

Keefe died in Simsbury, Connecticut, after a brief illness, her daughter, Mary Ellen Keefe, told the AP.

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Rockwell's painting represented working women on the homefront during World War II and became a symbol of the U.S. Treasury campaign to sell war bonds.

When she sat for Rockwell, Keefe was a 19-year-old telephone operator in Arlington, Vermont.

Rockwell's portrait of Keefe is not to be confused with the poster below, another popular Rosie the Riveter image from 1943.

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