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Uncle Sam Recruiting Poster
This version of Uncle Sam
was first published in a popular magazine in 1916
and was adopted as a military recruiting poster
when the United States entered World War I.
"The Uncle Sam Wants You" motif
has been used subsequently
to promote every conceivable cause.
During the Vietnam War
it became an anti-war poster.
James Montgomery Flagg.
New York: Leslie-Judge Co., 191. Color Lithograph.
Library of Congress (77)
James Montgomery Flagg 1877-1960
Perhaps the most famous
image of Uncle Sam
was created by artist
James Montgomery Flagg
In Flagg’s version,
Uncle Sam wears
a tall top hat and blue jacket
and is pointing straight ahead
at the viewer.
During World War I,
this portrait of Sam with the words
“I Want You For The U.S. Army”
was used as a recruiting poster.
which became immensely popular,
was first used on the cover
of Leslie’s Weekly in July 1916
with the title
“What Are You Doing for Preparedness?”
The poster was widely distributed
and has subsequently
been re-used numerous times
with different captions.
Chicago: S. Brainard's Sons, .
Sheet music cover.
Music division, Library of Congress (75A)
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