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US careless talk poster with a smiling sailor ready to sail

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.28

US careless talk poster featuring an American sailor in blue uniform and white Dixie cap as a smiling reminder of the life you put at risk with loose talk on the home front. This poster was drawn by John Falter, an established illustrator and also an enlisted man who designed over 300 posters for the government. 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 all media and commissioned work from leading artists of the period. 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
If you tell where he’s going... He may never get there!
Series Title
Avoid Careless Talk
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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