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US careless talk poster of a US paratrooper shot in harness

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.17

US careless talk poster featuring an American GI in combat dress, hanging lifeless from a parachute, to remind people that their careless talk on the home front could cause death on the battlefield. Issued after the Allied offensive was launched in June 1944, the poster emphasizes the even greater need for be careful and watch out for spies. 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 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
Careless there first
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 09:28:09
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