Published July 14, 1923
The American Golfer cover of July 14, 1923 features a James Montgomery Flagg illustration, 'The First Tee,' of an alligator standing upright, wearing a hat, and hitting a golf ball off his tail.
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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.