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James Montgomery Flagg

James Montgomery Flagg

Artist’s Work in the Collection

James Montgomery Flagg

Born at Pelham Manor in Westchester County, New York on June 18, 1877, Flagg was considered a prodigy. At just age twelve, he contributed to the St. Nicholas Magazine, and later took on other professional drawing assignments. He studied in New York, and went overseas to spend time in England and Paris. He became well-known when he began work back in the United States for illustrating and many books.

Flagg is best known for creating the image of Uncle Sam with “I Want You” printed underneath. This iconic poster has been copied over 5 million times and has been reinterpreted throughout the years to adapt to the changing times. Initially, Flagg drew himself as Uncle Sam, however, the pose is taken from the Kitchener poster by Alfred Leete.

Flagg died in 1960 with a legacy writing and illustrating several books, producing over 46 war posters and he even directed a film for the Red Cross.


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Artwork/Imagery Inspired By Flagg


“Yours Truly” And One Hundred Other Original Drawings, James Montgomery Flagg, Judge Company, New York, Fifteenth Edition, 1912, Copyright 1908

The James Montgomery Flagg Poster Book, Introduction by Susan E. Meyer, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1975

Who Was Uncle Sam?, Cecile and Jean-Pierre Mouraux, Poster Collector, United States, 2006

Arts of the Great War Collection