Do you know this man? It’s Uncle Sam! We believe that many of you are familiar with him, as he’s the main character of a great number of posters. Moreover, there’s a legend connected with this person.
First of all, let us mention that Uncle Sam (initials U.S.) is a common national personification of the U.S. federal government or the country in general. According to legend, came into use during the War of 1812 and was supposedly named for Samuel Wilson. Since that time, he has been a popular symbol of the US government in American culture and a manifestation of patriotic emotion.
And James Montgomery Flagg is the author of the Uncle Sam recruitment poster, as well as other famous patriotic posters. This American artist and illustrator worked at Photoplay Magazine and Saturday Evening Post.
It was in 1917 that he created his most famous poster that encouraged recruitment in the United States Army during World War I. Flagg was himself the model for Uncle Sam. Following the war, Flagg continued illustrating for magazines and books. During the Second World War Flagg once again offered his services to the government and produced a large number of patriotic posters. He also painted several posters for the Red Cross.
If you want to read more about the artist and check out his other works, you can do it on prabook.com. And again we urge you to support and join our campaign called Veteran’s Album. Let’s humanity forever remember the generation that restored peace to the world!