Date: c. 1940s
Size: 20 x 30 inches
Notes: Poster, lithograph, linen-backed
Artist: L. B. Jameson
About The Poster: During WWII, posters continued to play their important role as vectors of motivation and patriotic fervour. They also submitted "to darker emotions such as anger at the human cost of war. The appeal of posters also lies in the use of familiar images and expressions. Graphic artists combined their skill with advertising copywriters to sway public opinion and unite people in support of the war effort. The posters’ effectiveness arises from complex designs of words and symbols to communicate, invite action and build consensus." (Source : Australian National Wartime Museum, Patriotism, Persuasion, Propaganda, American War Posters).
This particular poster was commissioned by the Canadian government and therefore exists in two languages: English and French. Designed by L. B. Jameson, it shows a soldier telling his girlfriend that he will be returning home soon on the troop train. As the message is relayed to others, a spy overhears and successfully derails the train. The caption "Careless talk brings tragedy in wartime" urges citizens not to share valuable information while spreading fear and suspicion that spies could be anyone, anywhere.
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