Lot 284

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Good pair of original British World War II "Loose Lips" posters, each warning of the dangers of inadvertently revealing important military information to enemy spies. Includes: Broadside-sized poster, 10" x 15", featuring a caricature of Hitler cocking an oversized ear, with the title "Beware" and the rhyming exhortation: "Whether alone or in a crowd, Never write or say aloud, What you''re loading, whence you hail, Where you''re bound for, when you sail." The bottom of the poster further warns: "Above All Never Give Away the Movements of H[is] M[ajesty''s] Ships". The artist''s name appears at lower left, and the bottom right corner bears the publishing line: "Printed for H.M. Stationery Office by G.F. Tomkin Ltd., London, E.11". Shows even toning and slight tears to the edges, with an old pencil price at upper right, else very good. WITH: Broadside-sized poster, 10" x 15", entitled "Telling a friend may mean telling The Enemy", and featuring four illustrations depicting information from an RAF flyer reaching a German spy through a series of conversations. The poster is marked at the bottom right edge: "Printed for H.M. Stationery Office by J. Weiner LTD., London, W.C.I. 51-8685. The verso bears a British Information Services stamp with an address in new York City. Shows even toning with a small pin hole to the top edge and a second to the illustration, with slight chips to the edges, else very good. Two pieces.

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April 17, 2018 10:00 AM EDT
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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