Published August 22, 1925
The American Golfer cover of August 22, 1925, features a James Montgomery Flagg illustration of tennis great 'Big Bill' Tilden with a tennis racquet in one hand and a pen in the other. The caption reads, '''Big Bill'—in a class by himself.' A professor stands behind him at a podium with the words U.S. Tennis Commission on it and a poster with the world on it reads 'World's Champion.'
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Artist and illustrator James Montgomery Flagg’s famous, patriotic Uncle Sam has remained a steadfast icon since its creation for the war effort during WWI. Flagg (1877 – 1960) minimized modeling expenses by using his own face for his iconic Uncle Sam image. Based upon a few drawings, St. Nicholas Magazine hired him when he was only 12 years old, and by age 15 he was a staff artist for Life and Judge. Flagg’s artwork was published by almost every major magazine, and he was elected to the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1980.