Artist Research: James Montgomery Flagg

James Montgomery (1877-1960) was an American artist and illustrator who work ranged from painting to cartooning.  He sold his first illustration at the age of twelve.  By the age fifteen, he was working for Judge and Life magazines, which were both popular during this time.He is mostly known for his propaganda posters.  One of his famous ones is the a depiction of Uncle Sam which became an American symbol.  Montgomery used his own face to create the image while later adding details such as the the white beard and the red, white, and blue clothing.  In the image he has Uncle Sam staring intensely at the viewer while pointing at the same time.  It meant to send a message that said “I Want You for U.S. Army.”  Also, he designed the Red Cross posters during World War II.  His work was also published in popular magazines during his time.  Also, he was well known for his short stories. In 1980, he was elected into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame.


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