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    FDR writes a thank you to James Montgomery Flagg.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as President.
    -November 11, 1944. Washington, D.C. One page. 6.5" x 6.75". White House letterhead.
    -To: Mr. James Montgomery Flagg, New York City.
    -Some soiling, faint paperclip stain.

    Shortly after his election to a fourth term, FDR writes, "Thanks much for your message. I like the way in which it is couched." A Roosevelt supporter and illustrator, Flagg designed the famous "I Want You" Uncle Sam recruiting poster used both in WWI and WWII.

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    Letter signed November 11, 1944 on The White House Washington stationery, one page, to James Montgomery Flagg, the designer of the famous Uncle Sam "I Want You" military recruitment banner, shortly after FDR's historic fourth election as President of the United States of America, during the last several months of his life. FDR writes: "Dear Mr. Flagg:/ Thanks much for your message. I like the way in which it is couched./ Very sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt." James Montgomery Flagg was born in New York City in 1877. He started drawing as a child and at the age of twelve had his first drawing accepted by a national magazine. Two years later he was contributing to Life Magazine and at fifteen was on the staff of the The Judge. Flagg studied at the Arts Students League (1894-1898) in New York and when he was twenty spent a year working in London before moving on to France. By the beginning of the twentieth century Flagg was one of America's leading illustrators. In 1903 he began drawing portraits of Hollywood stars for Photoplay magazine. Other magazines that published his work included McClure's Magazine, Collier's Weekly, Ladies' Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, Saturday Evening Post and Harper's Weekly. Flagg also illustrated a large number of books including Yankee Girls Abroad (1900), An Orchard Princess (1905), Simon the Jester (1909) and The Adventures of Kitty Cobb (1912). During the First World War Flagg designed 46 posters for the government. This included the famous Uncle Sam poster with the caption "I Want You for the U.S. Army." An adapted version of this poster was also used during the Second World War. James Montgomery Flagg died in 1960. A heartfelt note to a long-serving admirer of FDR's after his triumphant fourth election to the Presidency in the last months of World War II.

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    June, 2008
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