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US careless talk poster of a dog with a sailor's uniform, waiting for his return

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.9

US careless talk poster with a cocker spaniel's head upon a sailor's navy dress blue collar with a Gold Star service flag to warn people that their behavior can get service personnel killed. The gold star on the flag indicates a family member died in war. Public requests for this poster broke all previous records. The careless talk series of US propaganda posters began as an Army Services project, distributed by the Office of War Information, which was created in June 1942, to manage the war on the Home Front. OWI controlled the design and distribution of war information to the American public in posters, photographs, radio shows, and films. 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
...because somebody talked!
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 09:28:08
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