The “I want You for U.S Army” is an iconic poster that was used in the U.S.A during world war 1 and world war 2 to recruit soldiers to sign up. The image shows “uncle sam” pointing to the passer by telling them to report to their nearest recruitment station. There was a space underneath “Nearest recruiting station” where the name of the station to report to was written. It was inspired by the British Recruitment poster featuring Lord Kitchener.
The poster was designed by James Montgomery Flagg who originally designed the poster for the cover of the Leslie weekly magazine,published on July 6th 1916. It is estimated that over 4 million of these posters were printed between 1917 and 1918. The poster was so popular that it was adapted and reused for World War 2.
Uncle Sam who was used to personify the U.S was used on numerous posters during both conflicts. Another example of poster he was used in is the “Defend American Freedom – It’s everybody’s job” poster.
Montgomery Flagg designed a number of posters during both conflicts, most notably the “Help him to help U.S.!Help the horse to save the soldier!” poster. Flagg had a long and illustrious career as an illustrator and was the highest paid in the world at his peak.