The “..because somebody talked” propaganda poster was used during to encourage those at home to treat sensitive information as such. The poster was published by the U.S. war office and was part of the “loose lips” poster campaign to encourage restraint in sharing information. The war office feared spies channelling this information to enemies who could use it to kill.
The poster depicts a cocker spaniel with his head resting on the soldiers uniform, behind him is the star with red border flag that was given to the families of soldiers who died. The use of the cocker spaniel is significant as it was the fashionable during the World War 2 period.
The poster was designed by Wesley Heyman who was a commercial artist during the war. The poster is part of the loose lips campaign, other posters include the “Loose lips, might sink ships” poster and the “a careless word a needless loss” poster.