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Loose Lips Might Sink Ships

Posted by ESC on February 16, 2008 at 18:30:

In Reply to: Loose Lips Might Sink Ships posted by RRC on February 16, 2008 at 18:15:

: : I'm trying to do some research on "Loose Lips Might Sink Ships" I was told that my Mother Betty Lee McCannon had won a scholarship for the slogan. She graduated from East High School in Denver Colorado around 1945. Does any one have information about this. I remember her saying something about winning a scholarship but I don't remember the whole story, and she has passed away.

: The slogan and the shorter version (without "might") were definately in use by May, 1942 but I didn't any information on who came up with it. If there is any information on your mother it will be under her maiden name (unless she was already married in 1942).

All I've found so far is that it was a "World War II catchphrase" and a "government slogan." It is well within the range of the possible that students were asked to come up with slogans for posters. Many of the posters, etc., were cranked out by the U.S. Office of War Information. (I've done some research because I am involved with an art contest where students are asked produce artwork based on a WWII poster.) I am guessing that a history has been written or that you might get information from the government on all this. If you do find the answer, please let us know.