The “If you tell where he is going…He may never get there!” poster was used during World War 2 in the U.S.A. It was used to encourage those at home not to speak about where their friends and family maybe travelling to.
The poster depicts the image of a strong sailor with a large sea bag on his shoulder. The feeling is that he is about the board the ship. He smiles back at us as if we are his friends or family. The poster warns not to talk about the sailors destination or he and others may not survive.
This poster was part of the careless talk posters published in the U.S.A during World War 2. These posters were published and distributed by the Adjutants General Office who were in charge of home security at the time. Other examples of careless talk posters include the “A careless word…a needless sinking” poster and the “because somebody talked...” poster.
The poster was designed by John Philip Falter who was a well known artist at the time.