Wake Up and Smell the Roses

Another recruitment poster by James Montgomery Flagg, this one is called “Wake Up America!”

With the storm of war brewing behind her, a personification of America sleeps. She wears a Phrygian cap, a symbol of liberty since Roman times, and an American flag as a dress symbolizing freedom.

A CALL TO ACTION - James Montgomery Flagg, a popular American illustrator, produced another famous war recruitment poster entitled, "Wake Up America!" featuring a personification of America sleeping.

With the tagline “Civilization calls every man, woman, and child,” this poster tells all of America to wake up and do their part for the war effort.

While Flagg was both an American artist and illustrator and worked in media ranging from fine art painting to cartooning, he is best remembered for his political posters. Nationalistic in nature, his posters were used to commission soldiers in both World Wars, although many of his political illustrations appeared in books and on magazine covers, notably Life.

Flagg’s most famous poster is the Uncle Sam “I Want YOU for U.S. Army” illustration.


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