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US careless talk poster of a soldier warning people to guard their words

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.6

US careless talk poster featuring a helmeted soldier with rifle, in combat, to remind people that their careless talk on the home front could put him in danger on the battlefield. 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 such as Jes Schlaikjer, who painted this image. In 1942, Schlaikjer became the official Artist of the US War Department. 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
The Battle-wise careful of what he says or writes... How about You?
Series Title
Avoid Careless Talk
publication/distribution:  1944
publication: Washington (D.C.)
War propaganda
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David and Zelda Silberman
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:28:07
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