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US careless talk poster with a dead US sailor on a beach

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.52

US careless talk poster depicting a dead US sailor washed near shore warning the public to guard what they say in public because it could lead to battlefield deaths. 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 posters, photographs, radio shows, and films. They commissioned work from leading artists of the period, including Anton Otto Fischer, who painted this image. Fischer was a German born artist who immigrated to the United States and painted patriotic posters for the government during both World Wars. 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 Loss
Series Title
Avoid Careless Talk, OWI Poster no. 36
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 18:11:43
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