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I Want You for U.S. Army Original Poster 1917 by James Montgomery Flagg

I Want You - Uncle Sam - James Montgomery Flagg

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30" x 40" - 76cm x 102cm

One of the best known of all posters ever created is this image of Uncle Sam that was created by James Montgomery Flagg to stimulate recruiting efforts for the United States Army during World War I. Flagg modeled the portrait of Uncle Sam on himself, only adding a goatee and white hair. The poster was wildly successful reaching over four million copies produced during World War I alone. To this day, over one hundred years later it stands out for its realism and strong message.

James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960) began his illustration career at the age of 12, with contributions to Life magazine by age 14. He studied in New York at the Art Students League as well as in London and Paris. He worked in a variety of illustration styles in publishing, and rose to become the top paid illustrator at the height of his career. Flagg is best known for his patriotic recruitment posters and his images were used in World War II as well but none as successfully as I Want You .

This is an Original Vintage Poster; it is not a reproduction. This poster has bold, fresh colors. The poster has been professionally restored in the margins. It presents very well, as evidenced in the photo and is in overall excellent condition. This poster has been archivally backed onto linen. We guarantee the authenticity of all of our posters.

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