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US careless talk text only orange poster warning about suspicious people

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.51

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    Brief Narrative
    US careless talk text only poster warning people to watch out for and report any suspicious people or rumors co-produced with the FBI [Federal Bureau of Investigation] and the Office of War Information. It was part of the careless talk series of US propaganda posters distributed by the OWI, set in June 1942 to manage the war on the Home Front by disseminating ideas, propaganda, and information about the war, 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
    Warning From the FBI
    Series Title
    Avoid Careless Talk, OWI Poster No. 74
    publication/distribution:  1943
    publication: Washington (D.C.)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David and Zelda Silberman
    front, top, black ink : WARNING / from the / FBI
    front, center, black ink : The war against spies and saboteurs / demands the aid of every American. / When you see evidence of sabotage, / notify the Federal Bureau of Investi- / gation at once. / When you suspect the presence of / enemy agents, tell it to the FBI. / Beware of those who spread enemy / propaganda! Don’t repeat vicious / rumors or vicious whispers. / Tell it to the FBI!
    front, bottom right, black ink : J. Edgar Hoover / J. Edgar Hoover, Director / Federal Bureau of Investigation
    front, bottom, black ink : The nearest Federal Bureau of Investigation office is listed on page one of your telephone directory.
    front, bottom left corner, black ink : OWI Poster No. 74. Additional copies may be obtained upon request from the Division of Public Inquiries, Office of War Information, Washington, D.C.
    front, bottom right corner, black ink : U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE : 1943–O-533519
    Printer: United States Government Printing Office
    Distributor: United States War Department
    Issuer: United States Federal Bureau of Investigation

    Physical Details

    War propaganda
    Physical Description
    Offset color lithographed text only poster with black text on an orange-red field with a black border. There is hreadline, WARNING from the FBI, then 4 paragraphs warning about suspicious people and rumors, and the FBI seal and signature.
    overall: Height: 22.875 inches (58.103 cm) | Width: 22.000 inches (55.88 cm)
    overall : paper, ink

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    Administrative Notes

    The poster was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1988 by David and Zelda Silberman.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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