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Original 1942 WW II "Someone Talked" Offset Lithograph Poster

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Posters and Prints1409 of 2046The three sailing boatsOriginal "This is the Enemy" WW II Offset Lithograph Poster
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Posted 3 years ago

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zguy2112
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This is an original 1942 offset lithograph poster from WW II. This is considered one of the most highly collectible posters from World War II. "Someone Talked" portrays a drowning service man beyond your help as he points accusingly.

This is one of a large group of posters, and surely the most visually striking, which warned against careless discussion of the whereabouts of troops and ships, many of which were being sunk by German U-Boats.

These posters were displayed in shipyards, Army and Navy posts, waterfront bars, restaurants, public buildings and gathering places; and wherever there was danger of spies or saboteurs.

The poster is in good condition, minor folds can be seen due to the poor linen backing job, but still one of the greatest posters created! This is poster #18 printed from the Office of War Information (OWI) in Washington, D.C. Artist: Siebel

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  1. shell59, 2 years ago
    I had never heard of this before. What a nice piece.
  2. zguy2112 zguy2112, 2 years ago
    Thank you shell59, much appreciated comment. This is one of the most sought after WW2 posters and I have very grateful I have the larger 1-sheet version here in my collection.
  3. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    The black background and dark seas really adds to the dramatic/ tragic appearance of the event.

    The message surely hit a mark.

    scott
  4. zguy2112 zguy2112, 2 years ago
    I agree scottvez, this is my favorite WW2 poster from that era. A simple but yet strong image and statement! Glad you like it, thanks.
  5. BrewerianaAficionado BrewerianaAficionado, 8 months ago
    I'm familiar with this poster and others like it that use the marketed phrase "Loose Lips Sink Ships". I don't have one of these in my collection, but I do have a Navy poster with a similar message. I will try and post it on the show and tell page soon.

    Great poster! Love the graphics and the messaging.
  6. zguy2112 zguy2112, 8 months ago
    Thanks for the comment, this is the BEST image from the "Loose Lips" line. Love this poster!

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