James Montgomery Flagg (1877 - 1960)

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I need your Skill (Large)
28.5 x 40.5
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Original Mounted on acid free archival linen.
"If you know one of these trades and are not now in real war work, you are badly needed.
See your nearest U.S. Employment Service."

ames Montgomery Flagg?s iconic WWI depiction of Uncle Sam "I Want You" is repurposed in this 1943 recruitment poster,entitled "I Need Your Skill In a War Job." Here,Uncle Sam?s image is used to recruit a list of factory/mechanic positions for the U.S. Employment Service. This is one of many re-uses of the Flagg?s Uncle Sam imagery that has contributed to the artworks high profile notoriety among the public and poster collectors alike. James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960) began his illustration career at the age of 12,with contributions to Life magazine by age 14. He studied in New York at the Art Students League as well as in London and Paris. He worked in a variety of illustration styles in publishing,and rose to become the top paid illustrator at the height of his career. Flagg is best known for his patriotic recruitment posters. His most famous,"I Want You," features Uncle Sam. Flagg modeled the portrait of Uncle Sam on himself,only adding a goatee and white hair. The concept for "I Want You" was originally based on the 1914 British recruitment poster by Alfred Leete. The poster was wildly successful reaching over four million copies produced during World War I alone. This is an Original Vintage Poster
Iconic image of "Uncle Sam", little known fact that the image of Uncle Sam is actually a self portrait of the artist, James Montgomery Flagg.
U.S. Government Printing Office, 1943. Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : U. S. Government Printing Office. Industrial mobilization
Non-combatant service
War work
World War, 1939-1945. United States.