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Poster: I Want You For U.S. Army

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Poster: I Want You For U.S. Army


James Montgomery Flagg
United States (Pelham Manor, NY, 1877 - 1960, New York, NY)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Lithograph
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Merritt
Accession Number: 1971.50
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Location: Not currently on view

In the most famous of American recruiting posters, Uncle Sam (the male personification of the United States of America) demands your participation in the U.S. Army. The Army printed over four million copies of I Want You during the First World War. James Montgomery Flagg's depiction of Uncle Sam, reportedly modeled on the artists' own features, has become iconic. Uncle Sam's paternal appearance and forceful call to action heroized soldiers and one's duty to the country.

[Gallery label text, 2006]

For general references, see "War Poster Collections: Strong, Garrett, Taber, Fisk, Wright, Turnbull, McClenahan [and] Miscellaneous Collections," 1919, cat. no Misc BFA1204, p. 13; Maurice Rickards, “Posters of the First World War,” 1968, cat. no. 14; Paula Harper, “War, Revolution & Peace: propaganda posters from the Hoover Institution archives, 1914-1945,” 1970, cat. no. 15; George Theofiles, "American Posters of World War I," New York: Dafran House Publishers, Inc., 1973, fig. 11, p. 24; James Aulich, "War Posters," New York : Thames & Hudson, 2007, pp. 14, 22, fig. 18.

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