First printed in 1917 and 1918 as the United States entered World War I, then due to its overwhelming popularity, the poster with the iconic image of "Uncle Sam" was later adapted for use in World War II. Artist James Montgomery Flagg had been his own model for Uncle Sam's likeness on the poster to save the modeling fee.
Uncle Sam is one of the most popular personifications of the United States. However, the term "Uncle Sam" is of somewhat obscure origin. Historical sources attach the name to a meat packer who supplied meat to the U.S. Army during the War of 1812 - Samuel (Uncle Sam) Wilson. Wilson's fairness, reliability, honesty, and devotion to his country are the qualities now associated with "our" Uncle Sam.
•Sign measures 12"x 18"