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Wanted for murder.
This is the enemy.
If you tell where he's going...
Americans suffer when careless talk kills.
Somebody blabbed–button your lip!
A careless word, a needless sinking.
Careless talk got there first.
I'm counting on you.

Wanted for murder.
Wanted for murder.
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Victor Keppler, artist. Adjutant General's Office. 1944. 28 x 20.

The Office of War Information officials felt that the most urgent problem on the home front was the careless leaking of sensitive information that could be picked up by spies and saboteurs. Numerous messages to the public such as this one encouraged secrecy. In this "wanted" poster, a woman portrayed as the viewer's neighbor, sister, wife or daughter is an unwitting murderess. The effective use of photography on war posters ushered in a new era for commercial artists following the war.