Geraldine Hoff Doyle

December 30, 2010 by  

Geraldine Hoff Doyle, Geraldine Doyle Hoff, the woman who inspired the illustration of the famous poster of American World War II titled “We Can Do It!” has died.

The woman died on Sunday in Lansing, Michigan, at the age of 86. Her husband, with whom she lived for 66 years, died last February. They had six children and 25 grandchildren.

Geraldine Doyle Hoff was just 17 years when a United Press photographer has photographed in 1942 while working in a factory in Michigan, with a red headband with white polka dots. The artist J. Howard Miller was so inspired by this photograph to create motivational posters for American workers during the Second World War.

According to the contention of a daughter of the late New York Times, the face on the poster is that of Geraldine Doyle Hoff, but the strong arms that is seen there has been a free creation of the artist since the young woman had not so imposing a constitution.

Geraldine Doyle Hoff would have seen only in 1982 that it had been the inspiration for this poster.

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