World War I Propaganda by James Montgomery Flagg (Leslie-J...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionWorld War I Propaganda by James Montgomery Flagg (Leslie-Judge Co., 1917). Recruitment Poster (30" X 40.5"), "I Want You for the U.S. Army."
Dubbed "The Most Famous Poster in the World" by its creator, James Montgomery Flagg, Uncle Sam's piercing gaze and commanding gesture spurred a huge production of war posters in a single year between 1917-1918, eventually becoming the definitive symbol of the U.S. throughout both World War I & II. An image of profound popularity from the moment of its printing, few illustrations have ever had such an enduring effect over the psyche of the American populace, retaining its instant recognizability throughout the last century. Originally created as cover art for the magazine Leslie's Weekly, Flagg's creation grew into a legendary embodiment of Uncle Sam that has been, and will continue to be, endlessly honored, parodied, and criticized for generations. This poster has been backed on linen with skilled airbrushing at the bottom to the borders, background and lettering, which has corrected tears, staining, and occasional paper loss under Uncle Sam's image. There were also some tears and small chips in his coat. Very Good/Fine on Linen.
Estimate: $4,000 - $8,000.
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