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US careless talk poster of Uncle Sam with his finger to his lips asking for silence

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.12

US careless talk poster with the Uncle Sam icon with his finger to his mouth in a hushing gesture. This modification of the Uncle Sam image created by Mongomery Flagg for World War I recruitment posters, was designed by Leon Helguera, a Mexican artist who came to America in 1943. The careless talk series 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 all media and commissioned work from leading artists. 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
I’m Counting on You! Don't Discuss: troop movements, ship sailings, war equipment
Series Title
Avoid Careless Talk
OWI, no. 78
publication/distribution:  1943
publication: Washington (D.C.)
War propaganda
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David and Zelda Silberman
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:29:29
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