About the item:
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This is one of a very few WWI era enamel on metal signs (approx. 2' X 3' and weighs about 14lbs) that survived both WWI and WWII. Due to the metal shortage of the Second World War these signs were melted down and repurposed for necessary metal for the war effort. The fact that any survived is somewhat miraculous but this is the third one we know of that exists in the current marketplace. Price is $2,000/obo.
About the artist:
James Montgomery Flagg was born in 1877 and during his career as an artist, he was commissioned by the U.S. Government to create 46 signs encouraging enlistment, volunteerism and other ways to help the war effort. His most famous and ultimately iconic image of Uncle Sam encouraging patriotic young men to serve in the war through enlistment, would ultimately be his most recognized and beloved work of art. It is, in fact, one of the most iconic and patriotic images of the 20th century...and ultimately what James Montgomery Flagg would forever be remembered for. Without question this image is part and parcel of one of the world's most recognizable icons and this particular item is something very few people can say they possess...and this is truly an historic piece. Only very serious inquiries please.