Famous World War One
recruitment lithographed poster, produced by James Montgomery Flagg
. Mano a mano
, a mesmering stern-faced Uncle Sam
engages eye contact with the passer-by, hopefully an 18-50 year old healthy and heterosexual American
male, and impresses upon him that he should play his part in the defence of the republic. This picture is one of the world's most famous wartime propaganda
art, although true credit should go to an earlier British
featuring Lord Kitchener
The picture originally appeared on the front cover for the 6 July 1916 edition of Leslie's Weekly with the caption "What Are You Doing for Preparedness?" . Subsequently it was reprinted, on four million posters in 1917 and 1918, and was reused in World War Two. Flagg had modelled Uncle Sam on himself, as he told President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, to save on the modelling fee.
The picture sometimes mistakingly referred to as the more grammatically correct I Want You for the US Army.