Lowell Sun (Lowell, Massachusetts) January 31, 1942
Hold your tongue.
While the toiling hands and fighting hearts of America are laboring to end the war with a victorious peace, the “voice of the people” may delay the day — may even frustrate many well-planned blows at the enemy… may cost lives.
Even as this message is being written, trains and ships are being loaded. Troops are moving. Civilians are turning over rumors in public places, and enemy ears are attuned to pick up the slightest “tip.”
These are times to hold information or news from soldier sons or bothers close to your heart. It means their welfare and safety.
Keep mum, chum
Poster suggesting careless communication may be harmful to the war effort, showing an army cap and a hand sinking in water.
Let me do the talking
Serve in silence. (Poster encouraging citizens to be mindful of careless talk and to let the military speak for the nation, showing a large cannon.)
Careless talk costs lives
(Poster suggesting careless communication may be harmful to the war effort, showing lips with tape over them.)