Object of the Month

Object of the Month – December 2018












The ‘Careless Talk Costs Lives’ series was illustrated by Cyril Bird under the alias ‘Fougasse’ who worked unpaid for the Ministry of Information during the Second World War. The images depicted every day situations in which caricatures of leading Nazis such as Hitler, Goering and Goebbels eavesdropped on conversations for sensitive material and intelligence.

The “Careless Talk” Xmas Cards were sold without envelopes in order ‘to save paper and bring victory nearer”.











We’ve had an extremely busy 2018 at NIWM and having taken inspiration from these Christmas cards in our collection (NIWM:2018.2161), we’ve decided this need not prevent us wishing all our visitors, friends and supporters a very happy Christmas!

We have plenty of exciting plans for the year ahead already and hope to see you all again in 2019!

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