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US careless talk poster with a mugshot of a woman wanted for putting lives at risk

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.5

US careless talk poster designed like a wanted poster seeking a woman wanted for murder. This poster warns people to guard against what they say in public because spies might get the information. The careless talk series of US propaganda posters was an Army Services project, distributed by the Office of War Information. The need to manage the war on the Home Front led to the establishment of the OWI in June 1942. This office controlled the design and distribution of war information to the American public in posters, photographs, radio shows, and films. They commissioned work from leading artists of the period, including Victor Keppler, the photographer of this work. The careless talk series originated in 1940 in Great Britain. It highlighted the many ways that careless talk could leak sensitive information that our enemies would use to kill soldiers, sink ships, and undermine the war effort.

Artwork Title
Wanted! For Murder: Her careless talk costs lives
Series Title
Avoid Careless Talk
Date
1944  (publication/distribution)
Geography
publication : Washington (D.C.)
Language
English
Classification
Posters
Category
War propaganda
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David and Zelda Silberman
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Record last modified: 2018-01-25 13:22:38
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