U.S. Army Recruitment Poster

Title

U.S. Army Recruitment Poster

Description

"A war recruitment poster of ‘Uncle Sam’ pointing out and imploring others to join the US army.

The famous war recruitment poster that is well known-today is usually thought of as a made-up man used as a symbol for patriotism. However, Uncle Sam was based on a real-life individual, Sam Wilson, a New York meat packer. Nicknamed Uncle Sam by his coworkers, James Flagg used his name and face as a template for the poster.
The poster also combined parts of Flagg’s face, and a pose used by veteran Walter Botts. It was used in both World Wars, and is still an iconic image today."

Creator

James Montgomery Flagg

Date

1917

Source

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1d/Unclesamwantyou.jpg

Relation

Rights

Source: Uncle sam. (2011, January 29). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved November 3, 2012, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncle_Sam

Publisher

Library of Congress

Contributor

Library of Congress

Format

Medium: Poster

Language

English

Type

Artwork

Identifier

Military Service, Recruitment, U.S. Army, War

Coverage

United States

Files

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1d/Unclesamwantyou.jpg

Reference

James Montgomery Flagg, U.S. Army Recruitment Poster, Library of Congress, 1917

Cite As

James Montgomery Flagg, “U.S. Army Recruitment Poster,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed May 19, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/158.