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Marine Corps poster First in the Fight, Always Faithful, James Montgomey Flagg
Date Issued: 2001-02-01
Postage Value: 34 cents

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American Illustrators
Marine Corps poster First in the Fight, Always Faithful, James Montgomey Flagg

James Montgomery Flagg (1877 - 1960) painted arguably the most famous poster in history: Uncle Sam saying "I Want You" (for which he was the model). Successful in most mediums and styles, from cartoons (a very strange sense of humor) to pretty girls (Elvgren sites him as a favorite). Output includes stories, covers, and ads, and did the first "Jeeves" for PG Wodehouse. In demand for his portraiture throughout his life, he was as much a celebrity as the Hollywood and Broadway types he painted and befriended. He also worked on short silent films.

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