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Loose talk can cause this

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1942 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Treidler, Adolph, born 1886 - died 1981 (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.603-2004

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

'Loose talk can cause this', World War II poster warning against careless talk, depicting a US Serviceman behind a barbed-wire fence, being watched over by a Nazi soldier holding a gun. The American is wearing a khaki uniform with a soft cap and sergeant's stripes. The Nazi has his back to us, is wearing a blue uniform with red collar, epaulettes, and swastika armband, and a tin helmet, and is carrying a rifle and kit bag. The background is plain, except for the suggestion of the figures' shadows. In the upper-left corner of the poster, printed in red on a yellow 'banner', are the words, 'Loose talk can cause this'.

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

1942 (made)

Artist/maker

Treidler, Adolph, born 1886 - died 1981 (designer)
British and American Ambulance Corps. (issued by)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'LOOSE TALK CAN / CAUSE THIS'
to the upper right of the image, printed in black against a yellow tape or banner

'ADOLPH / TREIDLER'
Incorporated into the image, between the two men, black on white

'© 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

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

Dimensions

Height: 50.7 cm, Width: 35.5 cm

Descriptive line

'Loose talk can cause this', World War II poster warning against careless talk, by Adolph Treidler, issued by British and American Ambulance Corps., 1942

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Lithography

Subjects depicted

Propaganda; Bags; Barbed-wire; War; Swastikas; Soldiers; Security; Helmets; Men; Flasks; Fences; Rifles; Espionage; Caps; Uniforms

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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