Naomi Parker-Fraley, who appeared in a photograph that inspired the iconic poster, died Saturday at age 96.
Close your eyes and picture Rosie the Riveter: You see her red and white polka dot bandana, signature blue work shirt, and can-do flair. Now, close your eyes and picture the real Rosie the Riveter. That’s a bit harder. You might not know that a real woman, Naomi Parker-Fraley, inspired the renegade war worker. In fact, it was only a few years ago that the lifelong waitress found out herself. It took decades, supportive siblings, and an inquisitive college professor for the public to recognize her as the original muse. Parker-Fraley died Saturday at age 96 in Longview, Washington. In her honor, here are four things you didn't know about the woman who inspired millions.