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I Want Out

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United States (published)

  • Date:

    1971 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Daniel, John (advertising agency)
    Dunst, Larry (originator)
    Dunst, Larry (copywriter)
    Smith, Murray (art director)
    Horn, Steve (photographer)
    Darien House Inc. (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour offset lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Jack Rennert

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 76, box 4

This is a re-issue, in smaller format, of a poster published anonymously by the Committee to Unsell the War, in a multi-media-donated campaign of 1971 protesting against US military involvement in Indo-China. 'Uncle Sam' was in reality Samuel Wilson, a provisions merchant from Troy, New York, who supplied the US army during the War of 1812 against the British. Through a series of connections he came to be identified with the plain, honest, self-reliant and patriotic American. In 1961 he was formally acknowledged by the US Senate as the progenitor of America's national symbol of Uncle Sam. As the personification of the USA he was invoked in a US recruiting poster designed by James Montgomery Flagg for the First World War in 1917; that image became iconic. This reinterpretation works through the ironic reversal of the original gestures. The original image, with an authoritative pointing gesture, summoning the viewer to enlist, is now inverted as Uncle Sam is turned into a wounded soldier, pleading to be released.

Physical description

Portrait format poster of photographically real, half length 'Uncle Sam' (American Civil War veteran), with grey hair and beard, bandaged head and bandaged, outstretched hand; the other clutching his hat. With caption beneath in blue and red lettering.

Place of Origin

United States (published)


1971 (published)


Daniel, John (advertising agency)
Dunst, Larry (originator)
Dunst, Larry (copywriter)
Smith, Murray (art director)
Horn, Steve (photographer)
Darien House Inc. (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Colour offset lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

c[opyright] 1971. The Committee to Unsell the War.Box 903 F.D.R. Station,New York.NY 18022. A Contemporary Poster Classic distributed by Darien House. Inc., New York City. Where offered for sale a royalty is offered to the Committee to Unsell the War.
Distributor's identification; Colour offset lithography


Height: 1031 mm sheet, Width: 761 mm sheet

Descriptive line

Poster by Larry Dunst and Steve Horn for the Committee to Unsell the War, entitled 'I want out'. USA, 1971.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail


Lithographic ink


Colour offset lithography

Subjects depicted

War; Protest; Soldiers


Propaganda; Prints; Posters

Production Type

Mass produced


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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