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"Hitler with an ear stretched out to hear careless talk" Artist unknown, Possibly 1940. Pencil and gouache on board.

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Hitler with an ear stretched out to hear careless talk

"Hitler with an ear stretched out to hear careless talk" Artist unknown, Possibly 1940

Catalogue ref: INF 3/238Links to the Catalogue


A Careless talk cartoon poster depicting the left-hand side of Hitler's face with an enlarged ear, accompanied by a rhyming caption. In February 1940, Advertiser's Weekly mentioned a new campaign to be used alongside Fougasse's famous designs, a design that had already been effectively used in France for the BEF, ‘depicting Hitler with an ear stretched out to hear careless talk'. Hitler was often used in Careless talk posters, as he was an identifiable individual who personified, and could be held responsible for, all that the Nazis stood for.