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Don't kill her daddy with Careless Talk

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1942 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Smith, Dorothy Hope (artist)
    US Office of War Information - Domestic Operations Branch (publishers)
    United States Government Printing Office (printers)

  • 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.869-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 65, box E

Physical description

"Don't kill her daddy with Careless Talk", World War II propaganda poster warning against careless talk. The poster depicts a little girl, wearing a short-sleeved red gingham dress with white collar, cuffs and apron, and with her blonde hair in braids, tied with blue ribbon, is hugging a framed picture of a serviceman. She is pictured from the chest up. Her blue eyes look out imploringly at the viewer. Below this image is the message, 'Don't kill her daddy' in blue letters, and below this, in red letters, 'with careless talk'.

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

ca. 1942 (made)

Artist/maker

Smith, Dorothy Hope (artist)
US Office of War Information - Domestic Operations Branch (publishers)
United States Government Printing Office (printers)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'DON'T KILL HER DADDY'
Below the image, blue letters

'WITH CARELESS TALK'
Below the image, in red letters o

'DHS'
Artist's signature, immediately below image, on the right-hand side, below the girl's left cuff, in pink letters

Star with black outline, 'U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE : 1944-O-570698''
At the lower left corner, running along the edge of the poster, in the margin; black letters

'Distributed for the issuing ggencies / by the Office of War Information'
At the lower right corner, running along the edge of the poster, in the margin; black letters

Dimensions

Height: 50.9 cm, Width: 36.2 cm

Descriptive line

"Don't kill her daddy with Careless Talk", World War II propaganda poster by Dorothy Hope Smith, for the US Office of War Information, United States, about 1942

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Lithography

Subjects depicted

Girls; Frames; Dresses; Servicemen; Ribbon; War; Children; Fathers; Photographs; Gingham; Propaganda; Accountability

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Death; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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