I Want You! Uncle Sam US Propaganda Poster

I Want You! Uncle Sam US Propaganda Poster


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Uncle Sam WANTS YOU… to buy a full colour ‘I Want You’ poster! Answer the call today and become the coolest figure in history (guaranteed).

Key Facts:

  • High Quality A2 sized portrait full colour poster. Unframed.
  • Great for classrooms.

This image, painted by noted U.S. illustrator James Montgomery Flagg, first appeared on the cover of the July 6, 1916, issue of Leslie’s Weekly magazine with the title “What Are You Doing for Preparedness?”

It features “Uncle Sam”, who may have been Sam Wilson, a meatpacker who stamped the initials “U.S.” on barrels of meat he sold to the Army in the War of 1812.

The U.S. would not declare war on Germany until April 1917, but the storm signals were clear. The image was later adapted by the U.S. Army for the poster with the new, unforgettable call to action. More than 4 million copies of it were printed between 1917 and 1918.

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