Author Archives: Penny Colman

Why is Rockwell’s “Rosie the RIveter” iconic?

Here’s the link to Sam Robert’s article “Mary Keefe, Model for Rockwell’s ‘Rosie the Riveter,’ Dies at 92,” in “The New York Times” (4/24/15). He had emailed me asking if I wanted to “weigh in on why the painting became … Continue reading

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Rosie the Riveter and Mary Doyle Keefe

For my book, Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front in World War II, I interviewed Mary Doyle (later Keefe), the model for Norman Rockwell’s cover, “Rosie,” for Saturday Evening Post.  After we talked Mary sent me a copy of an … Continue reading

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Rosie the Riveter

2015 is the 20th anniversary of the publication of my book, “Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front in World War II.” Just learned today of the death on Tuesday of Mary Doyle Keefe, the model for Norman … Continue reading

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Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day, everyday!  In the early 1900s,  Minerva Hamilton Hoyt, a lover of desert plants, became alarmed at the effect of increased car traffic in desert regions of southern California.  A conversation activist, she spearheaded efforts that culminated in … Continue reading

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Listen my children and you shall hear

Our friend Jan came dinner last night (pecan waffles with fresh fruit toppings–bananas, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries).  As former schoolchildren in Massachusetts, she & Linda both knew that tomorrow, Saturday 4/18, is the anniversary of “Paul Revere’s Ride.” With that memory … Continue reading

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Frances Perkins

This morning we wished a Happy Birthday to Frances Perkins who was born on April 10th in 1880. Appointed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Frances Perkins was the first woman cabinet member and architect of some of the most far … Continue reading

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Poetry Month: Elizabeth Bishop

Happy April (will the piles of snow around our house melt in time for our annual Easter egg hunt party on Sunday?!) and National Poetry Month! Twice I’ve found landmarks to the award-winning poet–Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979): the house in Great … Continue reading

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Harriet Tubman: An American Hero

What do an asteroid, a section of a highway, a college dormitory, many schools, museums and a World War II Liberty Ship have in common? How about statues in Boston, Massachusetts, Ypsilanti, Michigan, and New York City, or National Historical … Continue reading

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Dorothea Dix: Crusader for Humane Treatment

Until 7th grade, I lived on the grounds of a state mental hospital, where my father was a psychiatrist.  So, no wonder my first biography was “Breaking the Chains: The Crusade of Dorothea Lynde Dix.” Her crusade began today–March 28, … Continue reading

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Sarah Vaughan: Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday legendary jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, also known as “Sassy” and “The Divine One” who was born on March 27, 1924 in Newark, NJ.  This street sign is in front of NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center) in Newark.  … Continue reading

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