Colorization of Veronica Foster AKA “Ronnie, The Bren Gun Girl”


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.

Veronica Foster black and white photoBlack and white photo of Veronica Foster, the original rosie the riveter colorized

All photo colorization found within Metacolor is completed by hand using a Wacom Graphic Tablet and Adobe Photoshop CC software. All website design, writing and photo colorization/restoration found within is the sole work of Wayne Degan.


  1. Laura Guerrette
    Laura GuerretteReply
    November 12, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Hi there,
    Nice job on my mother’s photo. This photo was taken of her as Ronnie the Bren Gun Girl by the NFB of Canada in May 1941.

    Laura Guerrette

    • MetaColor
      November 15, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      Thank you very much! This is one of my favorite photos I have worked with. Your mother is a beautiful woman.

    • Jamie
      April 14, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      I am looking to use speak to Veronica’s family to ask about using her name for a campaign to promote women in non traditional occupations and workplace equality.
      How can I speak with you and get more information about your Mom?

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