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US careless talk poster depicting a drowning sailor pointing at the viewer

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.45

US careless talk poster with an image of a drowning sailor to warn people to guard what they say in public because it could lead to the death of military personnel. 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, such as Frederick Siebel, who painted this image. Siebel was an Austrian born artist who came to the US in 1936. His design was the winning entry in a competition put on by Devoe & Reynolds Painting Company, judged by Eleanor Roosevelt. 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
Someone Talked!
Series Title
Avoid Careless Talk
OWI No. 18
publication/distribution:  1942
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 09:28:11
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