During the height of WW2 The American workforce and society underwent several massive changes. One major change was the introduction of large numbers of women into professions "traditionally" left to men. With so many young fit men shipping overseas to fight, American companies both military contractors and civilian firms were faced with a dire shortage of workers. After years of struggle this presented the greatest opportunity in a generation to improve the place of women in American society. This change was years overdue and far from complete by the end of the war. But it helped move women's equality forward by leaps and bounds. One of the most iconic images of this time that has stayed with us throughout the years is Rosie the Riveter. Images of Rosie were found in magazines, posters, and recruitment pamphlets. She became the ralying call for women looking for a better opportunity and for society as a whole to grow into a more inclusive place.
The term "Rosie the Riveter" was first used in 1942 in a song of the same name written by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb. The song portrays "Rosie" as a tireless assembly line worker, who earned a "Production E" doing her part to help the American war effort. The individual who was the inspiration for the song was Rosalind P. Walter, who "came from old money and worked on the night shift building the F4U Corsair fighter." Later in life Walter was a philanthropist, a board member of the WNET public television station in New York and an early and long-time supporter of the Charlie Rose interview show.
With such amazing women as inspiration, I give to you my Rosie The Riveter Lamp.
Please understand that each lamp is custom made, so the wood grains or shade will vary from the picture. But I do work to make sure each side matches on any individual lamp. Each Lamp is approximately 6” on a side and 12” tall. Each comes with a 6’ cord with an inline switch. The socket is either for an E12 AKA candelabra bulb or a regular bulb (not included). The wire is rated to 75 watts but to avoid heat buildup only high efficiency CFL or LED bulbs around 5 watts (60+ Watt equivalent) should be used. The wood is 5mm pine or sandalwood ply with a rice paper backing to provide for a wonderful contrast. The wood ships unfinished to allow the natural grain to shine, But you can stain or otherwise finish the wood relatively easily to your liking. I designed them so that once the panels are slid into the base the base cannot be removed, but for bulb changing the top can be pulled off relatively easily. Each Lamp can be made and shipped usually within three days to a week of ordering. But that time really depends on how many orders I am working on. I ship using USPS priority with the US...I can ship internationally for special requests but the shipping rate will depend on the details.
The entire Lamp is designed to be flat packed for ease of shipping but is simple to assemble.
Please note that your payment is for a creative service and the time spent designing and personalizing your unique lamp, which is permitted for one-time PERSONAL USE. This item is not a licensed product; all character images used are free and not being sold. I DO NOT SELL or claim ownership over the character or graphics; they belong to their respective copyright holders. Items purchased are for one-time personal use only.