In the museum's World War II gallery is this poster discouraging Americans from talking about ship movements. This poster was part of the U.S. government's overall campaign to prevent critical information from reaching enemy spies thought to be operating in the United States. Stevan Dohanos, a prolific producer of "Loose Lips Sink Ships"-type posters, created this one. Other well-known Dohanos works in this category are Loose Talk Can Cost Lives and Award For Careless Talk.
Dohanos' World War II posters, however, required the artist to be more abstract and symbolic. He needed to deliver a hard-hitting, direct message to the viewer. Award and Bits of Careless Talk both use the symbolism of a Nazi hand wearing a swastika ring.
In 1938, Dohanos produced a work entitled Keep the Peace for the General Cable Corporation that shows he could effectively mix realism with abstract art. The result is a stunning and effective illustration.