Designs for wartime information campaign 'Careless Talk Costs Lives' by Cyril Kenneth Bird 'Fougasse'

Eight original designs for the 'Careless Talk Costs Lives' poster campaign.


Pen & pencil & watercolour on paper
33 x 20.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£15,000 ( Total: £37,000)
Acquired in:
Hilary Gerrish and Neil Jennings Ltd

The designs are close in appearance to the issued posters and show the development of the final slogan which started as 'Careless Talk May Cost Us All Dear'. The campaign revolutionised official propaganda by using humour.


Artist's family; Christopher Gage of Marlborough; Hilary Gerrish and Neil Jennings Ltd, 2004.

Venue details

V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) Cromwell Road, London London SW7 2RL 020 7942 2000

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