Stevan Dohanos (1907 -)

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Title:
AWARD for careless talk
Size:
28" x 40"
Medium:
Offset-Lithograph
Price:
$950
INV. #:
4930
 
ORIGINAL VINTAGE WWII POSTER AWARD FOR CARELESS TALK BY STEVAN DOHANOS 1944

Award For Careless Talk is a 1944 American World War II propaganda poster by Steven Dohanos created to help raise awareness of espionage. During the Second World War, there was a constant concern in the United States about inappropriate information being overheard by enemy agents both domestically and abroad. Dohanos worked for the Section of Painting and Sculpture of the U.S. Treasury Department. Among several murals created for post offices during this time,Dohanos designed many American propaganda pieces that centered on the theme of "Careless Talk." Stevan Dohanos (1907-1994) was a successful commercial artist active in the mid-20th Century. He attended the Cleveland School of Art and admired artists like Grant Wood and Edward Hopper. He illustrated over 125 covers for the Saturday Evening Post. In the 1960s he served as chairman of the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee. His paintings and prints have been highlights in many national museums and art institutions including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Dartmouth College. This is an Original Vintage Poster; it is not a reproduction.

A whole series of posters was devoted to the theme of not talking about information obtained at one's place of work or from V mail received from the troops. Dohanos, a noted illustrator famous for his Saturday Evening Post covers, was responsible for several of the "Don't Talk" set of posters. This is considered one of the more graphically powerful. This design was also a winner in the 1942 Artist for Victory contest sponsored by the Museum of Modern Art.
Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : U. S. Government Printing Office : distributed by Office of War Information.
Categories: Espionage
World War, 1939-1945. United States. Posters.
Office of War Information, Washington, D.C."/"U. S. Government Printing Office : 1943--O-506017"