Rosie the Riveter Guinness World Record
August 20, 2018: YES, we OFFICIALLY set a brand new World Record for the Most Rosie the Riveters here in Ypsilanti, Michigan on October 14, 2017! Guinness has declared the record OFFICIAL, with 3,734 people dressed as Rosie the Riveter in attendance, including 57 original World War II Rosies!
The reason we gathered in Michigan to set a World Record was to support the Yankee Air Museum’s effort to save, preserve, and renovate Rosie’s historic World War II-era factory, the Willow Run Bomber Plant! Once renovated, the Bomber Plant will become the Yankee Air Museum’s new home. But Rosies, we still need your donations… Together, we can do it!
How to Get Your Official Guinness Rosie World Record Photo
You can download the Official Guinness Rosie World Record Photograph at the top of this web page by right-clicking on it and downloading it to your computer. A higher resolution version is available for purchase at Jim Lewis Photography by clicking here.
Information on Photographs Taken At the Event
Concourse Area Photography booth: If you purchased and ordered a professional photograph in front of the yellow backdrop, the photographer, Lerro Productions, is working on orders and will send you your photo via email as soon as it is ready. If you have not yet received your photo, contact the photographer via his website, http://www.lerrophotography.com/
Original Rosies Photographs: If your Original WWII Rosie had her photo taken in the auxiliary gym, the photos are ready! Click here to browse photos and purchase prints online from J Lewis Photography. Prices range from $6 for a 5×7 print to $11 for an 8×10, plus keepsake options such as mugs and phone cases.
How to Get Your Official Rosie World Record Certificate from Guinness
HOW TO GET YOUR OFFICIAL “CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION” FROM GUINNESS: Visit the Guinness World Record Store at the official Guinness website.This is where you can order a Certificate of Participation from Guinness. Here are some helpful tips for navigating the Guinness ordering process:
- Visit the Guinness World Record Store by clicking here.
- Select the “Certificate of Participation” to put in your shopping basket — this is the certificate you want, not the “Record Holder Certificate.” There is no login or password required to order the Certificate of Participation.
- (Caution: If you placed the “Record Holder Certificate” in your basket, you’ll be asked for a login and password. This is not the certificate you want; you want the Certificate of Participation. The “Record Holder Certificate” can only be ordered by the hosting organization, so take it out of your basket, and do not try to create a login and password.)
- After you place the Certificate of Participation in your basket, you’ll be prompted to enter our event date, Oct. 14, 2017.
- Select our world record event from the dropdown list that appears for that date.
- You’ll be prompted for your name to personalize your Certificate of Participation. Type carefully as Guinness will not re-do for mistakes.
- If you experience any problems beyond these helpful instructions, please Click here for the Guinness FAQ Page (scroll down until you see the “Certificates” section) or contact Guinness directly via their website’s interface.
- Good luck with the Guinness ordering process!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: Save the Bomber Plant and Yankee Air Museum do not produce, or profit from, the Guinness Certificates. So after you purchase your certificate from Guinness, you may want to consider coming back here to www.savethebomberplant.org to make a donation to help save Rosie’s Willow Run factory.)
Why is the Willow Run Bomber Plant So Important?
The Willow Run Bomber Plant near Ypsilanti, Michigan was built in 1941, and produced over 8,600 B-24 Liberator bombers during WWII. It was the largest factory under one roof in the world at 3 million square feet in size, with two half-mile-long assembly lines. Willow Run employed 42,000 workers… and one third of them were women who were paid the same as the men! Willow Run was where Rose Will Monroe, the “original Rosie the Riveter” of WWII-era movie newsreel fame, worked. She was filmed by the government under the direction of A-list actor and producer Walter Pidgeon, and her face and name were familiar to WWII-era movie-goers as a personification of the popular “Rosie the Riveter” wartime propaganda character.
Rosie the Riveter, both then and now, represents ALL female wartime workers who stepped up to fill the many roles left behind by men who went to fight overseas. These women riveted, welded, kept the railroads running, conducted street cars, typed and filed, sewed parachutes, and even played pro baseball!
Media and bloggers: Please feel free to use the press photo below (of the 2015 record-setting event at Willow Run) in your articles and posts. Please mention Yankee Air Museum’s “Save The Bomber Plant” campaign to raise funds to renovate a portion of the Willow Run Bomber Plant to become the future NEW home of the Yankee Air Museum. And please link to the home page of this website at http://www.SaveTheBomberPlant.org. By doing so, you are helping us save Rosie’s factory. for future generations… thank you!