Skip to product information
1 of 1

The History List

"She's a W.O.W." Sticker

Regular price $ 3.99
Regular price Sale price $ 3.99
Sale Sold out
Quantity
NOTIFY ME WHEN IN STOCK

The sticker: From the famous 1942 propoganda poster by Adolph Treidler that encouraged women to take up jobs during WWII. Read more about the design below.

The sticker is printed in the US on thick, durable vinyl with a UV laminate that protects it from scratching, rain, and sunlight.

Size: 2.19" x 3"

This design is also available in a crewneck shirt for men and womenwomen's v-neck shirt in vintage red and a magnet.

Browse our entire collection of stickers, magnets, bookmarks, and patch.


Historical Background behind the Design: The Women Ordnance Workers insignia

"In 1942, Westinghouse Company's War Production Coordinating Committee created a series of posters to encourage support for the war effort. One of these posters became the 'We Can Do It' poster. This image was based on a United Press International wire service photograph taken of Ann Arbor, Michigan, factory worker Geraldine Hoff who worked as a metal-stamping machine operator. In later years, this image would be associated with the Rosie the Riveter legend, however this image only appeared for a few weeks to Westinghouse employees in the Midwest in 1943. An Ordnance Department Women Ordnance Worker (WOW) bandana is clearly visible on her head. This image has largely replaced the Norman Rockwell's image of Rosie the Riveter. . . .

The "Rosie the Riveter" movement is credited with helping push the number of working women to 20,000,000 during four years of war, a 57 percent jump from 1940. About 300,000 women were employed in War Department activities in November 1943. The WOW bandanna became a well-known symbol of the 85,000 women who worked directly for the Ordnance Department. . . .

From an advertisement in the July-August 1943 issue of Army Ordnance:

"... and she wears the WOW bandanna. Water Repellent. Washable. Dust Proof. The "WOW" Bandanna, designed in accordance with U.S. Army specification, is an attractive, safe, and unifying head covering to identify Women Ordnance Workers. About 27" square, it is available either in Ordnance red with white Ordnance insignia, or in white with red Ordnance insignia. Every woman in your plant will want one--it's a "WOW" for morale! $3.75 per dozen, net F.O.B., New York. Manufactured under authorization from the Army Ordnance Department. We invite your inquiry. BRIAN FABRICS CORPORATION, 1441 BROADWAY, NEW YORK CITY."

Source: US Army

She's a WOW poster

The history of the symbol

"The Shell and Flame (a.k.a. Flaming Bomb) has been used by European armies for several centuries before adoption by the U.S. Army. In fact, it is still used by many countries in Western Europe, i.e. the Grenadier Guards in Britain. The insignia represents not a bomb, but an iron hand grenade with a powder charge and a fuse which had to be lit before throwing.

The Shell and Flame is considered the oldest branch insignia in the U.S. Army. The use of the Shell and Flame by the Ordnance Branch dates back to 1832. It was also used by the Artillery Branch until 1834 when the Artillery branch adopted the crossed-cannons as its branch insignia.

The Shell and Flame continued to be used by a wide variety of Army organizations, not just the Ordnance branch, until 1851when the new 1851 Uniform Regulations dictated the Ordnance Branch would be the sole users of the Shell and Flame."

Source: US Army

Shipping

For shipments to addresses within the U.S. (scroll down for International shipping)

Flat-rate shipping: Regardless of the number of items you order, the shipping price for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, and button packs is $5.95.

For hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets, the shipping cost is $8.95. 

Our flat rate shipping means you can add two or more t-shirts, sweatshirts, or caps for no additional shipping charge.

Note that some large or heavy items may have an additional shipping charge, and when they do, that will be noted on the product page.

 

Timing

We try to ship orders within three business days of receiving them. This applies to in-stock items. Framed items or items requiring personalization may take up to two weeks longer.

We close for a week over Independence Day and Christmas. A notice will appear at the top of every page of the site in advance of this closure.

We ship most orders via USPS, so if the post office is closed, we won't be shipping orders that day.

If you need to receive your order by a certain date, such as to give as a gift or have for a trip, we recommend ordering at least two weeks in advance, especially if you are using USPS shipping. 

If you're looking for reliable, on-time deliveries, we strongly suggest upgrading to "UPS 3 Business Day Select Shipping."

Additional notes:

  • When fulfillment takes longer, such as around the Christmas holidays, we'll put up an announcement in the site and will list recommended shipping deadlines below.
  • If an item is out of stock, we will contact you.
  • If one of your items is an advance order, that will be noted on the product page along with an estimate of when it will ship. If that estimated date changes, the product page will be updated.

    Charges for shipping to destinations in the United States and to APO, DPO, and FPO addresses

    • Free shipping
      • On stickers, magnets, decals, patches, static clings, and individual button pins.

    • US Postal Service shipping - The least expensive, though also less reliable than UPS. (See more on UPS in the next section.) 

      • $5.95 for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, button packs.

        Regardless of the number of items you order, the shipping price is still fixed at $5.95. Our flat rate shipping means you can add another t-shirt, cap, or book for no additional shipping charge.

      • $8.95 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.

    We strongly recommend using UPS, especially in November and December.

      UPS 3 Business Day Select 

      Note: UPS 3 Business Day select is not available for addresses in Hawaii and Alaska. If UPS is selected for Hawaii or Alaska, the order will be shipped UPS Ground.

      Cut off time: Orders received by 3 pm Eastern will ship the same business day.  Applies to in-stock items that do not require personalization or signing.
        UPS's normal (non-holiday) delivery guarantee is by the end of the third business day, and this includes delivery on Saturday.  This applies to the 48 contiguous states. 
          • $14.95 for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, button packs.

          • $18.95 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.

          • If the actual shipping cost is significantly higher than what we’re charging, we will contact you to discuss alternatives.

        • UPS Overnight (Next Business Day Delivery)
        Before placing your order, call 469-233-7712.

        For shipments to addresses outside the United States

        Destinations

        We only ship to locations that are served by US Postal Service International Service.

        Charges

        • Canada and Mexico

          • $18.00 for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, button packs.
          • $24.00 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.

        • Rest of the World

          • Rates starts at $65.00.

        Additional charges for all destinations

        Some large, heavy items may have an additional shipping charge.  If that's the case, it will be noted on the product page.

        If the actual shipping cost is significantly higher than what we’re charging, we will contact you to discuss alternatives.

          All original designs are copyrighted by The History List

          All designs are copyrighted by The History List and the History Nerd text and design on t-shirts is a registered trademark. If you see a knock off, please let me know.

          Mission

          Your purchases support our mission to engage people with local history and to support historic sites and history organizations across the country.

            ["History buff","History lover","History student","History teacher","Small items","US Army","White","World War II","WOW","WWII"]
          
          • "Victory" blanket woven in the US showing the stars from Washington's HQs flag

            19 total reviews

            Regular price $ 89.95
            Regular price Sale price $ 89.95
                          null
                        
            "Victory" blanket woven in the US showing the stars from Washington's HQs flag from the History List Store Made in the USA "Victory" blanket woven in the US showing the stars from Washington's HQs flag from the History List Store
          • "History Lover" V-neck T-shirt with Ben Franklin

            2 total reviews

            Regular price From $ 28.95
            Regular price $ 0.00 Sale price From $ 28.95
                          null
                        
            "History Lover" V-neck T-shirt with Ben Franklin "History Lover" V-neck T-shirt with Ben Franklin from The History List Store
          • "1773" Boston Tea Party Bracelet — Made by hand in New England

            8 total reviews

            Regular price $ 39.95
            Regular price $ 0.00 Sale price $ 39.95
                          null
                        
            "1773" Boston Tea Party Bracelet — Made by hand in New England from The History List store "1773" Boston Tea Party Bracelet — Made by hand in New England when worn from The History List store
          • Dolley Madison Tote Bag with Washington Portrait Inside

            11 total reviews

            Regular price $ 26.95
            Regular price Sale price $ 26.95
                          null
                        
            Dolley Madison Tote Bag with Washington Portrait Inside "Dolley Madison Art Storage" Tote bag from The History List store
          • HISTORY NERD® shirt with Ben Franklin

            130 total reviews

            Regular price From $ 25.95
            Regular price Sale price From $ 25.95
                          null
                        
            Red close-up of "History Nerd" shirt with Ben Franklin from The History List Store Red "History Nerd" shirt with Ben Franklin from The History List Store
          • "She's a W.O.W." Shirt - Red

            3 total reviews

            Regular price From $ 31.95
            Regular price Sale price From $ 31.95
                          null
                        
            "She's a W.O.W." Shirt - Red "She's a W.O.W." Shirt - Red from The History List Store
          • HISTORY NERD® shirt with George Washington

            130 total reviews

            Regular price From $ 25.95
            Regular price Sale price From $ 25.95
                          null
                        
            "History Nerd" shirt with George Washington — Made in the USA from the History List Store Close-up "History Nerd" shirt with George Washington — from the History List Store
          • "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of history" Tote bag - in 15 colors

            13 total reviews

            Regular price $ 11.95
            Regular price Sale price $ 11.95
                          null
                        
            Purple and Pink "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of history" Tote bag - from the history list store "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of history" Tote bag - in 15 colors from The History List Store

          Customer Reviews

          Based on 1 review
          100%
          (1)
          0%
          (0)
          0%
          (0)
          0%
          (0)
          0%
          (0)
          C
          Catherine F.
          So cute!

          I am a American History teacher and this looks great on my computer. My students really dig it!