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James Montgomery Flagg
Nationality: 
american
Gender: 
Male
Birth Date: 
1877
Birth Place: 
Pelham Manor, NY
Death Date: 
1960
Death Place: 
New York City
Illustrator, poster artist, and portrait painter. Known for illustrations of buxom girls and for his World War I recruiting poster of the pointing Uncle Sam with the caption "I Want You.". The poster was reissued during World War II. Sold his first drawing to the children's magazine St. Nicholas, at the age of 12. After 1892, became a regular contributor to other popular periodicals, and his illustrations were collected into books. Flagg's dashing line and sure draftsmanship were evident in portraits in oil and watercolor, although the public knew him mainly through his commercial art. With an autobiography, "Roses and Buckshot " (1946), Flagg depicted himself as a bohemian, unfettered by convention.