Stage Women's War Relief


This World War I poster for the Stage Women's War Relief organization in New York shows a woman on a theater stage, throwing off a scarlet, fur-trimmed cloak to reveal her white volunteer's uniform. The image is reflective of the wide range of groups that became involved in volunteer war work once the United States entered the conflict against Germany. The poster is by James Montgomery Flagg (1877–1960), best known for his iconic “I Want You for U.S. Army” recruiting poster featuring a finger-pointing Uncle Sam. The New York-born Flagg was a popular magazine illustrator who worked for such publications as Harper’s Weekly, Cosmopolitan, and Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. During the war, he produced some 40 posters, worked on publicity films for the Marine Corps and the Red Cross, and offered his services as a portrait painter free of charge to anyone who purchased a $1,000 Liberty Bond to support the war effort.

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American Lithographic Company, New York City


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1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 77 x 56 centimeters



  1. Alain Weill, The Poster: A Worldwide Survey and History (Boston: G.K. Hall, 1985).

Last updated: February 10, 2014