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Americans suffer when careless talk kills!

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1943 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Anderson, Harry, born 1906 - died 1996 (designer)
    United States Government Printing Office (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:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 64, box E

Physical description

'Americans suffer when careless talk kills', Second World War poster depicting an elderly couple. The man, who is dressed in overalls, stares out to the viewer as he embraces his wife. She is crying, dabbing at her tears with her apron, as she clutches a yellow telegram (indicating that their son has been killed in action). Behind them is a single blue star on a white background which is framed by red; it appears to be a wall hanging. Above them are the words, 'Americans Suffer when careless talk kills', in red letters.

Place of Origin

United States (made)


1943 (made)


Anderson, Harry, born 1906 - died 1996 (designer)
United States Government Printing Office (issued by)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'AMERICANS SUFFER / when careless talk kills!'
Above the image, red letters

'Harry Anderson'
Artist's signature, below the image, lower edge of the poster, red ink

Black outline of a star, 'U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE : 1943-O-558552'
Identification details, lower left corner of the poster, black ink


Height: 50.9 cm, Width: 35.5 cm

Descriptive line

'Americans suffer when careless talk kills!', Second World War poster depicting an elderly couple, by Harry Anderson for the Government Printing Office, United States, 1943


Paper; Ink



Subjects depicted

Mothers; Fathers; Elderly; Stars; War; Men; Sadness; Spouses; Propaganda; Aprons; Telegrams; Death; Women; Wall hangings; Overalls


Prints; Propaganda; Death; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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