You Never Know Who's Listening!

 

New Slogan for February 1940

In February  1940 a nationwide campaign was launched that warned the general public against loose talk and the dangers of unwittingly giving information to enemy sympathizers.

The slogan "Careless Talk Costs Lives" was born. The Ministry of Information was responsible for distributing two and a half million posters to offices, shops, public houses etc.

Some of the posters were drawn by the Punch cartoonist "Fougasse" (Kenneth Bird).  He created a series of posters, many comical, showing Hitler listening in on unsuspecting gossipers. A selection of these posters can be seen on this page.

Home Sweet Home Front - 'Careless Talk - between you and me' Poster - Click on image to enlarge!

Home Sweet Home Front - 'Careless Talk on the telephone' Poster - Click on image to enlarge!

Home Sweet Home Front - 'Careless Talk on the bus' Poster - Click on image to enlarge!

Home Sweet Home Front - 'Careless Talk - this musn't go any further' Poster - Click on image to enlarge!

Home Sweet Home Front - 'Careless Talk - between these four walls' Poster - Click on image to enlarge!

 

Keep Mum!

Other memorable posters included "Keep Mum, she's not dumb!" and Norman Wilkinson's "A few careless words...."  All the posters issued at this time were a breath of fresh air compared to the Ministry of Information's earlier efforts, which included the lengthy and rather formal slogan "Do not discuss anything which might be of national importance. The consequence of any such indiscretion may be the loss of many lives." 

Home Sweet Home Front - 'Starve him with silence' Poster - Click on image to enlarge!

Home Sweet Home Front - 'Beware' Poster - Click on image to enlarge!

Home Sweet Home Front - 'Keep Mum' Poster - Click on image to enlarge!


Home Sweet Home Front - 'Be like dad, keep mum' Poster - Click on image to enlarge!

Home Sweet Home Front - 'Keep it under your hat' Poster - Click on image to enlarge!

Home Sweet Home Front - 'Be like dad and keep mum' Poster - Click on image to enlarge!

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