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Slip of the lip may sink a ship
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Photograph caption dated January 7, 1942 reads, "Continuing their all-out campaign to discourage careless talk about shipping and military operations in the Los Angeles-Long Beach harbor area, Naval authorities today began distributing thousands of posters driving home the vital message, 'Serve with Silence.' At the Terminal Island yard of the California Shipbuilding Company, Miss Jane Russell, motion picture actress, tacked up the first poster. The posters are brightly colored, with illustrations volunteered by Warner Brothers Art Department. By authority of Captain Richard B. Coffmann, USN, Commandant of the Naval Operating Base, similar posters will be displayed throughout the area adjoining the Defensive Sea Area proclaimed by President Roosevelt at the local port. Through San Pedro, Wilmington and Long Beach, buses, street cars, business offices, union halls, docks and warehouses, lodges, cafe´s bowling and billiard halls, ballrooms shipyards, factories, all the places where people work or play, will be asked to cooperate by prominently displaying the posters."
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 9371
Russell, Jane,--1921-2011
United States.--Navy
World War, 1939-1945--War work
Shipyards--California--Los Angeles
Harbors--California--Los Angeles
War posters, American
Los Angeles Harbor (Calif.)
Terminal Island (Calif.)
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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