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Colorization of Veronica Foster AKA “Ronnie, The Bren Gun Girl”
Veronica Foster or “Ronnie the Bren Gun Girl” was a Canadian propaganda icon encouraging women to take up factory jobs whilst the husbands fought in the war. Veronica was also the inspiration for American cultural icon “Rosie The Riveter”, but instead of a rivet gun, Ronnie built bad ass light machine guns.
According to the Encyclopedia of American Economic History, “Rosie the Riveter” inspired a social movement that increased the number of working American women from 12 million to 20 million by 1944, a 57% increase from 1940.After the war, the “Rosies” knew they could continue to work in factories but chose not too. There is a televesion show (Which is canadian by the way) called “Bomb Girls” which is actually pretty good at depicting this whole era in a very entertaining way.
The original black and white photo is below as well as my full size colorization. Feel free to share this colorization on your social network of choice or leave any comments or questions in the comment section below.