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World War II

World War II "Someone Talked" Propaganda Poster

High historical value. From the early days of the United States entry into World War II comes this marvelously preserved poster, warning United States citizens about the dangers of unintentionally revealing information about American military plans and movements. Similar to the iconic slogan, "Loose Lips Sink Ships," the "Someone Talked" poster was designed to remind loyal Americans about carelessly passing on sensitive security information to enemy spies and saboteurs. While the United States enemies, such as the Nazis' nefarious propagandist, Joseph Goebbels, were producing similar warnings for the German people, the U.S. Office of War Information produced posters tailored to convey a simple message in stark, unmistakable terms. Subliminally, the drowning sailor seems to be pointing a finger of guilt right at the viewer of the poster. What loyal American would want a careless conversation to result in the loss of any serviceman? The colors are the poster equivalent of film noir - black and dark blue - with eerie shadows. Ocean water is lapping at the terrified sailor's open mouth. Created by artist by Frederick Siebel. The poster (27.5X40") was put on archival board, then mounted on canvas (mounted at 29.5x42"). Excellent condition. Terrific example of wonderfully created visual propaganda in service of a noble cause.


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