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US careless talk poster depicting soldiers boarding a train

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.53

US careless talk poster featuring a train with a line of soldiers preparing to board to warn the public to guard what they say because any bit of information could endanger soldiers. 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
If you tell where they’re going, they may never get there
Series Title
Avoid Careless Talk, OWI Poster no. 54
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 18:29:30
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