Careless talk...Got there first

Catalogue number
  • Art.IWM PST 0655
Art and Popular Design
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United States of America
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  • Support: paper
  • medium: lithograph
  • Support: Height 707 mm, Width 513 mm
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  • object category: Poster

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Object description

image: foreground figure of a dead American parachutist just about to touch down in a field after being shot while in the air. He is in full battle kit and still has his rifle strapped to his left arm, which drips blood at the wrist. His body hangs from the still descending parachute at an acute angle, his head lolling on his chest. In the background, fires can be seen on the horizon and the sky is full of other parachutists being attacked by two enemy aircraft positioned in the centre of the composition. text recto: CARELESS there first text verso: CARELESS TALK GOT THERE FIRST! This poignant poster graphically portraying a possible result of someone's thoughtless talk, is the work of Herbert Morton Stoops. Mr Stoops, a battery commander in the last war, has won eminence as an artist in the field of military activity, and holds many awards for his portrayals of the American scene. Please give this poster prominent that we are attacking, it is more important than ever to intensify the home-front fight on careless talk. [&] Official War Poster [etc.] Office of War Information

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