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 James Montgomery Flagg

James Montgomery Flagg

Birth
Pelham Manor, Westchester County, New York, USA
Death 27 May 1960 (aged 82)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Plot Section Catalpa, Block 24
Memorial ID 5565 · View Source
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Illustrator. He created the 1917 World War I United States Army recruitment poster that depicted "Uncle Sam" pointing at the viewer with the caption "I Want YOU for U.S. Army", a work that has become famous and iconic in American history. Born in Pelham Manor, New York, he began to draw at a young age, getting his first work published in national magazines by the age of 12. At the age of 14 he was a contributing artist for "Life" magazine. From 1894 through 1898, he attended the Art Students League of New York, then studied fine art in London, England and Paris, France from 1898 to 1900. When he return to the United States, he produced numerous illustrations for books, magazine covers, political and humorous cartoons, advertising, and spot drawings. Among his creations was a comic strip that appeared regularly in "Judge" from 1903 until 1907, about a tramp character titled "Nervy Nat". When the United States entered World War I, he was commissioned by the Army to produce a recruitment poster, the result of which was his most famous work. Over four million copies of the poster were printed during the war, and it was revived for World War II. He published his autobiography, "Roses and Buckshot", in 1946. He also painted portraits, with some of his work hanging today in the Great Hall of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. He died at the age of 82.

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  • Added: 1 Jun 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5565
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Montgomery Flagg (18 Jun 1877–27 May 1960), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5565, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .