James Montgomery Flagg, illustrator, Uncle Sam

James Montgomery Flagg (June 18, 1877 – May 27, 1960) was an American artist and illustrator. He worked in media ranging from fine art painting to cartooning, but is best remembered for his political posters. He began drawing while quite young and had illustrations accepted by national magazines by the age of 12 years. He created his most famous work in 1917, a poster to encourage recruitment in the United States Army during World War I. It showed Uncle Sam pointing at the viewer (inspired by a British recruitment poster showing Lord Kitchener in a similar pose) with the caption… Read More

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Ludwig Bemelmans

Ludwig Bemelmans (born April 27, 1898 – October 1, 1962) was an Austria-Hungary-born American writer and illustrator of children’s books. He is known best for the Madeline picture books which he wrote and illustrated. Six were published since 1939. A seventh was published after his death in 1962 in New York of cancer.  Mr. Bemelman worked with the New York World newspaper as an illustrator and cartoonist. He illustrated children’s books as well as writing books for adults. A mural on the walls of the Carlyle Hotel’s Bemelmans Bar in New York City, Central Park, is his only artwork on… Read More

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