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US careless talk poster depicting a burning ship

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.47

US careless talk poster depicting sailors in ripped clothing in a lifeboat with a burning tanker nearby as a warning to people to guard what they say because it could put military personnel in danger. The careless talk series of US propaganda posters was an Army Services project, distributed by the Office of War Information. This office was set up in June 1942 to manage the war on the Home Front by disseminating ideas, propaganda, and information about the war effort, such as the dangers of enemy spies. The 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
A Careless Word... A Needless Sinking, OWI Poster no. 24
Series Title
Avoid Careless Talk
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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