James Montgomery Flagg
James Montgomery Flagg
James Montgomery Flagg was an American artist and illustrator. He worked in media ranging from fine art painting to cartooning, but is best remembered for his political posters. Flagg was born in Pelham Manor, New York. He was enthusiastic about drawing from a young age, and had illustrations accepted by national magazines by the age of 12 years.
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  • 1960
    Age 82
    Died on May 27, 1960.
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  • 1946
    Age 68
    At his peak, Flagg was reported to have been the highest paid magazine illustrator in America. In 1946 Flagg published his autobiography, Roses and Buckshot.
    More Details Hide Details James Montgomery Flagg died in New York City and was interred at Woodlawn Cemetery.
  • 1917
    Age 39
    He created his most famous work in 1917, a poster to encourage recruitment in the United States Army during World War I.
    More Details Hide Details It showed Uncle Sam pointing at the viewer (inspired by a British recruitment poster showing Lord Kitchener in a similar pose) with the caption "I Want YOU for U.S. Army". Over four million copies of the poster were printed during World War I, and it was revived for World War II. Flagg used his own face for that of Uncle Sam (adding age and the white goatee), he said later, simply to avoid the trouble of arranging for a model. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt praised his resourcefulness for using his own face as the model.
  • 1915
    Age 37
    In 1915 he accepted commissions from Calkins and Holden to create advertisements for Edison Photo and Adler Rochester Overcoats but only on the condition that his name would not be associated with the campaign.
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  • 1903
    Age 25
    Among his creations was a comic strip that appeared regularly in Judge from 1903 until 1907, about a tramp character titled Nervy Nat.
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  • 1894
    Age 16
    From 1894 through 1898, he attended the Art Students League of New York.
    More Details Hide Details He studied fine art in London and Paris from 1898–1900, after which he returned to the United States, where he produced countless illustrations for books, magazine covers, political and humorous cartoons, advertising, and spot drawings.
  • 1877
    Born on June 18, 1877.
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