Bringing the Fourth of July weekend to a close is wonderful group of James Montgomery Flagg posters from our upcoming Vintage Posters auction on August 6th.
From the top: James Montgomery Flagg, I Want You for the U.S. Army, 1917. One of the best American posters of all time.
James Montgomery Flagg, Wake Up America, 1917. From the catalogue:
"Here, in a potent allegory of a country unaware of any danger, Columbia is rendered peacefully sleeping on her front porch. Behind her, the flames and smoke of war can be seen in the distance. This poster epitomizes the "key historic process … the New World turnaround from innocent neutrality to innocent all out war" (Rawls p. 9). Printed and distributed in New York City, this poster is substantially rarer than most other World War I images, which were printed in numbers intended for national distribution."
James Montgomery Flagg, Wake Up America Day, 1917. From the catalogue:
"Flagg had to design this poster very quickly, which likely explains why it is composed of fewer colors than his normal lithographic work. The image, evoking a female Paul Revere emerging from the darkness, was not just a graphic flight of fancy. The "Wake Up America Day" celebrations began at midnight with a reenactment of Paul Revere’s ride made by a young woman."