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.