Henry Ford Observing Riveters Working at Ford Motor Company Willow Run Bomber Plant, December 1942

Summary

Riveting was an essential craft at Ford Motor Company's Willow Run bomber plant. Each completed B-24 bomber contained more than 300,000 rivets in over 500 sizes. The skilled women who did this work at Willow Run and other American factories during World War II inspired the symbolic "Rosie the Riveter" character. "Rosie" remains a feminist icon today.

Riveting was an essential craft at Ford Motor Company's Willow Run bomber plant. Each completed B-24 bomber contained more than 300,000 rivets in over 500 sizes. The skilled women who did this work at Willow Run and other American factories during World War II inspired the symbolic "Rosie the Riveter" character. "Rosie" remains a feminist icon today.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

21 December 1942

Subject Date

21 December 1942

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

84.1.1660.P.833.77289.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 8.125 in

Width: 10 in

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