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Uncle Sam's hat

I want YOU to remember my original hat

MMDE: Uncle Sams hat had vertical red stripes

Current: Uncle Sams hat was white with no red stripes

The famous poster showing Uncle Sam sternly declaring "I want YOU for U.S. Army" aimed at recruiting service personnel is 100 years old now.

Do you remember what color his hat was? The poster shows the top half being purely white, and there are other images of the time showing this, but checking everywhere today shows it has wide vertical red stripes against this white background.

The poster style proved so sucessful it was repeated, with suitable variations, many times elsewhere - for exampel, the mustached Lord Kitchener British one of 1914.

Pointing the finger

The poster was created for a World War 1 recruitment drive, and famously featured the artist himeself, James Montgomery Flagg.