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    Poster: I Want You! by James Montgomery Flagg. 30" x 40.5". Printed for the United States Army. We're proud to offer possibly the most famous image ever printed in the United States! This poster is likely one of the most popular cultural icons our nation has seen. The poster is simple in its message and imagery. Uncle Sam pointing a strict finger at the viewer saying, "I Want You!" We have all seen this image thousands of times, yet its artist is probably one of the little known heroes of American pop culture. Flagg drew his inspiration from several sources; the 1916 Lord Kitchner poster published by David Allen & Sons, London, which depicts Lord Kitchner pointing his finger in the same forceful way and calling on Britons to enlist. Secondly, Uncle Sam, who became a national symbol for patriotic participation, was modeled on a self-portrait of Flagg himself. This image originally appeared on the cover of Leslie magazine, for which Flagg worked as an illustrator. It appeared on the July 6th, 1916 cover, saying "What are you doing for preparedness?" It did not appear with its, "I Want You" text until February 15th, 1917.

    Uncle Sam, one of America's most recognizable symbols comes from somewhat obscure origins. Some historical sources attribute the name to a meat-packer who supplied meat to the army during the War of 1812. His real name was Samuel Wilson, and his personality combined with James Montgomery Flagg's famous face has transformed into the most recognizable image in American today! Because of this posters extreme popularity it was reissued during World War II only with slightly different text. We are pleased to offer you this once in a lifetime chance to own this classic image. These posters are extremely rare, and only come to auction every few years. As time moves forward they are going to become less and less available for sale. No collection should be without this cultural icon!

    Condition: Near fine.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    12th-13th Thursday-Friday
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