Did you know that the famous American I Want You? poster was inspired by (um, a ripoff of) a British recruiting poster from the same Great War? The story behind the original is interesting. It depicts Lord Kitchener, British Secretary of War. Standing 6’2″ and a veteran of the hard-fought Boer War, Kitchener points his gloved finger pointing at the reader. The Direct Address: Britons. (Desired response: Oh, they’re talking to me). Then the Image of Kitchener, with no attribution; he was recognizable throughout the country) with “Wants you”. The quotes are in odd spots; in today’s usage, they would have gone before the image so it read Lord Kitchener Wants You. “Join Your Country’s Army” and God Save the King. It was a hugely successful recruitment drive, with hundreds of thousands of young men joining his Country’s Army.

I think Pres. Trump would like himself in this poster. In fact, I think he has this entire illustration painted on his bathroom mirror, except for the part where his face goes.

Kitchner WWI Wants You war recruiting poster

This WWI British Recruiting poster is the ur-Finger Pointing recruiting poster of them all, including the U.S. one with Uncle Sam.

Flagg Uncle Same I Want You Poster

JM Flagg inserted his own grizzly visage into Uncle Sam, which he ripped off of the British original from a few years’ earlier.

Trump I Want You

Missing the golf glove; otherwise, a nice mashup of the British & American versions.