J. Howard Miller

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J. Howard Miller
We Can Do It!.jpg
J. Howard Miller's "We Can Do It!"
Born 1918
United States
Died 2004 (aged 85–86)
Nationality United States
Education Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Notable work the "We Can Do It!" poster

J. Howard Miller (1918–2004) was an American graphic artist. He painted posters during World War II in support of the war effort, among them the famous "We Can Do It!" poster, frequently misidentified as Rosie the Riveter.

Painting the poster[edit]

Miller studied at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, graduating in 1939.[1] He lived in Pittsburgh during the war. His work came to the attention of the Westinghouse Company (later, the Westinghouse War Production Co-Ordinating Committee), and he was hired to create a series of posters. The posters were sponsored by the company's internal War Production Co-Ordinating Committee, one of the hundreds of labor-management committees organized under the supervision of the national War Production Board.

Miller may have based the "We Can Do It!" poster on a United Press International (UPI) a supposedly picture taken of Geraldine Doyle working at a factory in Michigan, but in recent years it is said to be a picture of Naomi Fraley nee Parker in 1942 in California. At the time of the poster's release the name "Rosie" was not associated with the picture;[2] that came after 1982 when the poster was rediscovered in the US National Archives.[3]


  1. ^ Fisher, Jacquelyn Felix; Goodman, E. W. (2009). The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Arcadia Publishing. p. 16. ISBN 0738565547. 
  2. ^ Lucas, Dean (2007). "Famous Pictures Magazine - We Can Do It". Famous Pictures Magazine. Retrieved 2007-07-26. 
  3. ^ Cushing, Lincoln; Drescher, Tim. "Rosie the Riveter is not the same as We Can Do It". Retrieved 2009-07-30. 

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