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Poster - Keep a Guard on What You Say
  • Keep a Guard on What You Say
    Games, Abram, born 1914 - died 1996
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Keep a Guard on What You Say

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1941 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Games, Abram, born 1914 - died 1996 (designer)
    War Office (issued by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithography

  • Credit Line:

    Acquired from Adrian Tilbrook in 1971.

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.293-1971

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 66, box C

Abram Games designed many British wartime propaganda posters over the course of his military service, including some 100 posters for the Army alone. The designer was Jewish and felt deeply for the victims of atrocities at the hands of Axis forces. This poster promotes wartime vigilance and discretion though the clever pairing of the colloquial phrase "keep a guard on what you say", and Games' visual pun of a man whose mouth is guarded by a sentry.

Physical description

'Keep a Guard on What You Say'. Colour lithograph propaganda poster warning against careless talk, with a design featuring a geometric human face with a soldier for a mouth. Signed and dated 'A. Games 41'.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1941 (made)

Artist/maker

Games, Abram, born 1914 - died 1996 (designer)
War Office (issued by)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithography

Marks and inscriptions

A. Games 41
Signed and dated, lower right corner.

Dimensions

Height: 74.4 cm, Width: 49.5 cm

Descriptive line

'Keep a Guard on What You Say'. Colour lithograph propaganda poster warning against careless talk, with a design featuring a geometric human face. Designed by Abram Games. Issued by the War Office during the Second World War. Great Britain. 1941.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Summary Catalogue of British Posters to 1988 in the Victoria & Albert Museum in the Department of Design, Prints & Drawing. Emmett Publishing, 1990. 129 p. ISBN: 1 869934 12 1
Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1971

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

War; Soldiers; Propaganda; Secrecy; Mouth

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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