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January 26, 2018

The Real Rosie the Riveter

In late 1942, a Pittsburgh freelance artist named J. Howard Miller painted a poster for Westinghouse Electric, his biggest client. This particular poster was one of his simplest and most powerful compositions: a confident, bandana-coifed "woman war worker" making a muscle. A cartoon balloon above her head contained the message, "We Can Do It!" In the post-war years, this image, now recognized worldwide as "Rosie the Riveter," has taken on added meaning and importance.

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December 28, 2016

Happy Birthday, Nat Youngblood!

Pittsburgh artist and illustrator Nat Youngblood (1916–2009) would have been 100 years old today. The Fort Pitt Museum houses a permanent collection of more than 15 paintings by Youngblood, many of which are displayed year ‘round on the museum’s first floor.

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November 2, 2016

Freedom and Coal Towns: A Portrait

In the back of the gallery on the fourth floor hangs a painting by John Michael O’Cilka titled “Coal Police.” This simple name belies the complex stage of Western Pennsylvania history that the painting represents.

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