We Can Do It! Leather Cuff
- National Archives Store Exclusive
- Handmade in Huntington Beach, California, U.S.A.
- 7 7/8 X 1 1/5 inches
- One size fits most
We can do it! With a message of positivity to carry you through the day, this fantastic cuff was crafted by hand especially for the National Archives Store. Made from recycled leather and hand-stamped antique silver plated flatware, it is unique, with charming imperfections adding to its appeal. Fastened with a single, sturdy snap, this piece is easy to secure and evokes Rosie the Riveter in its utilitarian construction.
During World War I, many branches of the federal government used posters to urge Americans to support the war effort. In a time without radio, TV, or the Internet, posters were an inexpensive way to deliver powerful messages to millions of people. The government hired well-known artists to create designs that unified the American people. Posters continued to be published during World War II, and new posters are still in production. The National Archives holds close to 20,000 posters produced by military and civilian agencies.
In 1942, Pittsburgh artist J. Howard Miller was hired by the Westinghouse Company's War Production Coordinating Committee to create a series of posters for the war effort. One became the famous "We Can Do It!" image that in later years became known as "Rosie the Riveter," although it was never given this title during the war.