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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.

Careless talk got there first.
Careless talk got there first.
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Ray Prouhaska, artist. Adjutant General's Office. 1944 28 x 20.

The government tried to identify the most effective poster style through surveys. Survey data revealed that strange as it may have seemed, American's did not like to face the fact that their bond money was being used to kill Japs. Posters showing bloody scenes of an American bayoneting a Japanese soldier had no appeal. However, posters showing American soldiers being put in danger by the Japanese were effective. The Department of Treasury banned all casualty images on their war bond posters.