Tuesday, December 23, 2008

James Montgomery Flagg

James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960) is probably most famous for his depiction of Uncle Sam (left)for a WWI recruiting poster. Flagg created this poster 20 years into a productive career as an illustrator. At the age of 15 he was working for both Life and Judge magazines. Flagg had little formal art training, he studied for a short time at the Art Students League and later in Europe. In addition to his patriotic posters during WWI, during his career Flagg published in all the leading magazines of the day: McClures, Colliers, The Saturday Evening Post, Redbook, and Ladies Home Journal. Below are some illustrations Flagg did for John Fox Jr.'s story "Christmas for Big Ame." The illustrations were published in the December 1910 issue of Scribner's Magazine.

Christmas for Big Ame

He marched straight up to ole Jim's porch

He pulled from his coat pocket...

A lot more Flagg images here.

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