During World War Two, the British and US governments had countless posters printed in order to assist with the war effort. Many were simple propaganda, designed to engender popular support for the War. Some were blatantly racist in nature, especially by the standards of today.
One branch of this propaganda has been christened “careless talk”, and focused on discouraging the discussion of sensitive information about the war effort. Creative posters were made to depict the ways in which information might be leaked. It was also intended to prevent the spread of rumours which might drain morale.
In Britain, one of the most creators of such propaganda was “Fougasse” or Cyril Bird, who was a comic artist.
The government concluded that this nature of talk was not a real source of enemy intelligence, and that such talk would often be dismissed as planted information, the campaign decreased in intensity.
Here are 20 posters discouraging ‘careless talk’.
1. You Never Know Who’s Listening
2. Tell Nobody Not Even Her
3. Keep This Strictly Between These Four Walls
4. Less Dangerous Than Careless Talk
5. Careless Talk Costs Lives
6. Careless Talks Brings Tragedy in Wartime
7. Careless Talk Is Pieced Together By the Enemy
8. Award For Careless Talk
9. There’s Often A Listener
10. The More You Keep Under Your Hat the Safer He’ll Be Under His