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Poster - Don't be a dope and spread inside dope - Loose talk can cost lives
  • Don't be a dope and spread inside dope - Loose talk can cost lives
    Beall, C.C., born 1892 - died 1967
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Don't be a dope and spread inside dope - Loose talk can cost lives

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1942 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Beall, C.C., born 1892 - died 1967 (designer)
    British and American Ambulance Corps. (issued by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • 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:

    E.589-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 62, box E

Physical description

'Loose Talk Can Cost Lives', World War II poster warning against careless talk, depicting two men dressed in overalls, talking at a bar. One wears a cap and glasses, and is gesturing with his hands, while the other wears an identification badge with his photo and work number. Each has a pint of beer, and are pictured as though we are looking over the bar at them. Behind them, as if made of smoke, looms the smiling face of Hitler.

The area where the bar would be is printed black, and at the top of this area, immediately below the image, printed in white, is the message, 'Don't be a dope and spread inside dope'. Below this, printed in black on a yellow 'banner' is the slogan, 'Loose Talk Can Cost Lives'.

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

1942 (made)

Artist/maker

Beall, C.C., born 1892 - died 1967 (designer)
British and American Ambulance Corps. (issued by)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'DON'T BE A DOPE AND SPREAD INSIDE DOPE'
Immediately below the main image, printed white on black

'LOOSE TALK / CAN COST LIVES'
Below the image, printed in black against a yellow tape or banner

'c. c. .beall'
Artist's signature, top left corner, below a doodle resembling a ladder

'© 1942'
Date, in lower left corner

'DISTRIBUTED IN THE INTEREST OF NATIONAL DEFENCE, AND AS A MEANS OF OBTAINING FUNDS FOR AMBULANCES WHEREVER NEEDED, BRITISH AND AMERICAN AMBULANCE CORPS, INC., 420 LEXINGTON AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY'
distribution details, running along the lower edge of the poster, in white border, printed in black

'ART'
Symbol made of an eagle's head, forming the letter 'a', with the letters 'ART' below, within a squared oval, lower right corner

'LITHO IN U.S.A.'
Along edge in lower left corner, printed in black

Dimensions

Height: 50.8 cm, Width: 35.5 cm

Descriptive line

'Loose Talk Can Cost Lives', World War II poster warning against careless talk,depicting two men talking in a bar, overheard by Hitler, by C.C. Beall, issued by British and American Ambulance Corps., 1942

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Lithography

Subjects depicted

Men; Security; Workers; Glasses; Propaganda; Overalls; War; Espionage; Bars (commercial buildings); Smoke; Caps; Spectacles; Femininity; Beer

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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