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I Want You for U.S. Army

File name: 09_03_000006


Title: I Want You for U.S. Army


Creator/Contributor: James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960), artist




Date created: 1917


Physical description: color lithograph


Summary: This famous poster was created in 1917 to encourage recruitment in the United States Army during World War I. It showed Uncle Sam pointing with the caption, "I Want YOU for U. S. Army.” Over four million copies of the poster were printed during World War I, and it was revived for World War II. Flagg used his own face for that of Uncle Sam, merely adding age and the white goatee; he later claimed that it was simply to avoid the trouble of arranging for a model.


The Boston Public Library Print Department is home to over 500 posters from the two world wars.


Location: Boston Public Library, Print Department


Rights: No known restrictions.


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Taken on May 20, 2009