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Poster - Beware - Spies. Be Careful What You Say!
  • Beware - Spies. Be Careful What You Say!
    Matejko, Theo, born 1893 - died 9
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Beware - Spies. Be Careful What You Say!

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1939-1945 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Matejko, Theo, born 1893 - died 9 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour offset lithography

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 1B, box LS1

Security of information was a crucial concern for all wartime governments, and posters (often by well-known artists) were used in the battle to persuade both troops and civilians to safeguard information. Different techniques were employed. This poster illustrates an everyday situation with which troops could identify. It warns of the dangers of talking carelessly in relaxed situations while under the effects of alcohol.

Physical description

Two off-duty soldiers drinking in a cafe being spied upon. The spy occupies the foreground, half hidden behind a broadsheet newspaper.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1939-1945 (made)


Matejko, Theo, born 1893 - died 9 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour offset lithography

Marks and inscriptions

Achtung/ Spione/ Vorsicht/ bei Gesprächen!
Beware - Spies. Be Careful What You Say! (from the German).

DPA Matejko
Offset printing. Wilhelm Limpert. Berlin SW68
printed in black and red on white


Height: 42.1 cm, Width: 29.8 cm

Descriptive line

Second World War poster warning against careless talk. Germany, 1939-1945


Ink; Paper


Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

Espionage; Newspaper; Secrecy; Men; Propaganda; Soldiers


Prints; Propaganda; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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