I Want You for U.S. Army

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    File name: 09_03_000006

    Title: I Want You for U.S. Army

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

    Created/Published:

    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.

    Marc Wathieu, jaime.k, Revolutionaut, and 6 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. christopherlane_antiques 58 months ago | reply

      Flagg also cribbed the "I want you" concept from earlier British recruitment posters which showed Lord Kitchener posing in much the same manner and labelled with "I want you."

    2. Space Art 32 months ago | reply

      Thanks for sharing. See my sci-fi version of it from an alternate reality illustration: www.flickr.com/photos/spaceart/5192603161

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