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Poster - He Talked....This Happened

He Talked....This Happened

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1939-1945 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour half-tone print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Ministry of Information

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 60, box D

Physical description

Colour half-tone poster, the top half of which depicts two wartime factory workers talking in a pub and being overheard by a possible spy behind them reading a newspaper. The bottom half shows the factory bombed out. Red and yellow text in capital letters reads 'Now up at our works...he talked...this happened. Careless talk costs lives'.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


1939-1945 (made)


Unknown (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour half-tone print


Height: 20 in Size of sheet, Width: 13.25 in Size of sheet

Descriptive line

English poster entitled 'He Talked....This Happened'. One of a series of posters issued to aid the 'Careless Talk' campaign during the Second World War, 1939-1945. Britain, colour half-tone.

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

Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Engraving Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1946. London: Published under the Authority of the Ministry of Education, 1949.




Colour half-tone

Subjects depicted

Subject; Factory


Prints; Propaganda; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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