Fougasse – Careless Talk Costs Lives

9 September – 24 November 2010 ‘How carelessly we should have talked during the war but for Fougasse.’ Princess Elizabeth in 1950. In February 1940 the Ministry of Information launched a series of posters called Careless Talk Costs Lives as part of its ‘nation-wide anti-gossip campaign’. From the beginning, the witty and colourful posters by Kenneth Bird, ‘Fougasse’ (1887-1965) which showed Hitler and Goering eavesdropping in the most unlikely places attracted special attention, and seventy Continue Reading →

Fougasse Exhibition @ The Cartoon Musuem

Fougasse – Careless Talk Costs Lives 9 September – 21 November 2010 An exhibition of classic war-time poster designs, posters for London Transport and Punch cartoons by Fougasse from the 1920s to the 1960s at the Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH. Hopefully of interest to followers of this site. We will also be doing some talks on Fougasse during October. Comment sent to old site by Anita O’Brien [email protected] Read Continue Reading →

Fougasse (Kenneth Bird) A School of Purposes London: Methuen & Co., 1946

An small book extensively illustrated with many of the posters produced by this famous artist during the Second World War. There is a brief introduction by A.P.Herbert, and the illustrations are accompanied by an essay by Fougasse considering some of the objectives to be met, and the difficulties to be dealt with, by the poster artist. This allows us to appreciate all the more the images produced by Fougasse and other poster artists. See if Continue Reading →

Fougasse (Cyril Kenneth Bird) (b.1887; d.1965)

A great modern twist on a Fougasse poster with regards to careless mobile talking costs lives (Neil has given me permission to put the original in), and he’s also done another image relating to “Police bugged Muslim MP Sadiq Khan” (and he’s sent me some more, which I shall post at a later date). There’s a a lovely design on noise, which I think is a genuine one. Fougasse was born on 17 December 1887 in Continue Reading →