Geraldine Hoff Doyle, the face that ispired millions of U.S. women to help with the war effort during the 1940's, has died.
Doyle's image, first captured by a United Press photographer, went on to inspire poster maker J. Howard Miller, who designed the above poster. Miller had been commissioned by the U.S. government to create motivational posters for factory workers. Years later, this same image was christened Rosie the Riveter.
A bit of sad news from the music and visual art world, Don Van Vliet, known to fans as Captain Beefheart, died last Friday of complications from multiple sclerosis. Beefheart was 69.
Captain Beefheart and various incarnations of the Magic Band, produced 12 albums between 1965 and 1982. In 1982, Beefheart hung up his cattle pump, returned to being plain old Don Van Vliet, and focused his talents on painting.
Beefheart's strange, experimental and eccentric rock’n'roll sounds have been credited with influencing the New Wave and Punk movement of the late 70's and early 80's. His album, Trout Mask Replica was ranked fifty-eighth in Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.