James M. Flagg Illustration
My grandmother recently passed away and my dad just sent them to my brother and I. And don't really know that much about them. They're just some illustrations he submitted to some magazines: Good Housekeeping, I believe.
And your great-grandfather was one of the preeminent illustrators in American book and magazine illustration. He was James Montgomery Flagg. And it's interesting that he sold his first illustration when he was only 12 years old to Saint Nicholas magazine. He went on later at the ripe old age of 14 to start as a Life illustrator for the next 20 years. This terrific example of children with their mom and dad is a great pencil drawing with another magazine that he worked on: Good Housekeeping magazine, with the date and the installation number for the piece. I love this one. (chuckles) It is signed "James Montgomery Flagg" and also tells us a bit about his sense of humor. And then we have these two other images about America circa early 20th century. Perhaps this was something that was used again for Good Housekeeping or Liberty or Cosmopolitan. And this terrific one: "Oh, I shouldn't have eaten those popovers." (laughs) Perhaps what he's best known for, though, is the tremendous illustrations of Uncle Sam pointing and wanting you. They're icons of American illustration circa World War I. It was in fact one of 45 or, I think, 46 illustrations that he did for the war and also was used in World War II. You brought about ten illustrations of varying size and quality, quite good condition. The paper is toned in certain areas, but lovely, and I would value this group at between $8,000 and $10,000.
Wow. That's really nice.
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