Identification on verso (typewritten): 30th Annual Exhibition of Illustrators at the Harlow, McDonald Galleries sponsored by the College Art Association. James Montgomery Flagg, making a fifteen minute sketch of Wallace Morgan, President of the Society of Illustrators. Identification on verso left (handwritten): Wallace Morgan, President of the Society of Illustrators. Identification on verso right (handwritten): James Montgomery Flagg.
James Montgomery Flagg, circa 1930 / Percy Rainford, photographer. Forbes Watson papers, 1840-1967, bulk 1900-1960. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Current copyright status is undetermined
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C. 20560
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 30 Jan 1882 - 12 Apr 1945
Gelatin silver print
Image: 21.5 × 17 cm (8 7/16 × 6 11/16")
Sheet: 23 × 18.1 cm (9 1/16 × 7 1/8")
United States\District of Columbia
January 28, 1939
The poster in this photograph depicting an ebullient Franklin Roosevelt (1882–1945) was created by the well-known artist and illustrator James Montgomery Flagg (1877–1960) for display at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. “Infantile paralysis” is the older name for polio, which Roosevelt had contracted in 1921. He underwent extensive physical therapy and was convinced that a cure could be found that would allow him to walk again. Roosevelt’s arduous recovery from the disease was a life-changing event. Confronting his own mortality and adapting to his loss of mobility steeled the future president, making him more determined and driven to succeed. In 1938 Roosevelt helped launch the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, later known as the March of Dimes, for which Flagg created this poster.
El cartel aquí fotografiado muestra a un entusiasta Franklin Roosevelt (1882–1945) y lo diseñó el conocido pintor e ilustrador James Montgomery Flagg (1877–1960) para ser expuesto en la Feria Mundial de New York en 1939. “Parálisis infantil” se llamaba antiguamente a la poliomielitis, enfermedad que atacó a Roosevelt en 1921. Este se sometió a extensas terapias físicas y estaba convencido de que se hallaría una cura que le permitiría volver a caminar. Su arduo proceso de recuperación cambió su vida. Tomar conciencia de la fragilidad de la vida y adaptarse a su pérdida de movilidad fueron retos que endurecieron al futuro presidente y reforzaron su decisión de triunfar. En 1938 Roosevelt colaboró en la creación de la Fundación Nacional Contra la Parálisis Infantil, conocida más tarde como March of Dimes, para la cual Flagg hizo este cartel.
James Montgomery Flagg: Male
James Montgomery Flagg: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter
James Montgomery Flagg: Visual Arts\Artist\Illustrator
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Male
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Politics and Government\Governor\New York
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Politics and Government\President of US
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Politics and Government\State Senator\New York
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Politics and Government\Vice-Presidential Candidate
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquired through the generosity of David C. Ward
Oral history interview with Charles W. Corey regarding James Montgomery Flagg, 1983 June 8
Corey, Charles W.
Kirwin, Liza, 1957-
Flagg, James Montgomery
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An interview of Charles W. Corey conducted 1983 June 8, by Liza Kirwin, for the Archives of American Art. Corey reminisces about his experiences posing for a World War II poster painted by James Montgomery Flagg in 1942. He relates his memories of Flagg's studio and work habits.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Charles W. Corey regarding James Montgomery Flagg, 1983 June 8. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Charles W. Corey is an artists' model, living in Malaga, Spain.
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
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