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Keep the stars shining for Uncle Sam: join the Quartermaster Corps
- Creator: Sheeres, John W.
The poster depicts a smiling "Uncle Sam" in a quartermaster's uniform.
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- OCLC #: 51126352
- Call #: D522.25.S54 1919
- Physical Location: Special Collections — Flatfile Storage — PRINT 00275
- Publisher: [United States : Adjutant-General's Office, 1919]
- Physical Description: 1 photomechanical print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 66 x 43 cm.
- General Notes:
- No. 3-7009.
- A.G.O. 203 - 8-5-19 - 25M.
- Text continues: For your future success, be a business soldier in the United States Army. Enlistment for one or three years are [sic] now being made at [blank].
- Title from item.
- Publisher and date from code "A. G.O. 203--8-5-19" in lower left margin.
- Text continues: For your future success, be a business soldier in the United States Army. Enlistment for one or three years are [sic] now being made at -- [blank].
- The Quartermaster Corps of the U.S. Army are the logistics specialists in providing all manners of supplies to the combat troops. They operate depots, supply lines, stores, and just about everything else to get the needed supplies to the troops, such as food, clothing, arms, ammunition, petroleum, and all manners of equipment and repair parts. Quartermaster Corps units also carry out some rather obscure yet important missions, such as grave registrations (processing the dead soldiers back home) and operating parachute rigger units for airborne troops.
- "Uncle Sam" (initials U.S.) is the most commonly recognized personification of the United States government. The "image" of Uncle Sam was depicted publicly for the first time, according to some, by James Montgomery Flagg's portrait of a stern-looking man in patriotic attire with white hair and white goatee pointing his finger at the viewer which had appeared on the cover of the 6 July 1916, issue of Leslie's Weekly magazine with the caption "What Are You Doing for Preparedness?" before being famously reproduced in 1917 as the iconic "I want YOU for U.S. Army" recruitment poster that has since become, according to its creator, "the most famous poster in the world." Flagg said later he used his own face for that of Uncle Sam (adding age and the white goatee) to avoid the trouble of arranging for a model. More than four million copies of this image were printed between 1917 and 1918 as the United States entered World War I.
- World War I began as a conflict between the Allies (France, the United Kingdom, and Russia) and the Central Powers (Germany and Austria-Hungary). The assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary and his wife Sophie ignited the war in 1914. Italy joined the Allies in 1915, followed by the United States in 1917. A ceasefire was declared at 11 AM on 11 November 1918. The poster was a major tool for broad dissemination of information during the war. Countries on both sides of the conflict distributed posters widely to garner support, urge action, and boost morale.
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