Those who talk don't know...

Place Oceania: Australia
Accession Number ARTV02497
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 51 cm x 38.4 cm
Object type Poster
Physical description lithograph
Maker Warner, R Malcolm
LHQ Vic L of C Area
LHQ Cartographic Coy, Australian Survey Corps
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Well-known Australian Second World War poster promoting the importance of keeping quiet. The poster depicts a sulfur-crested cockatoo, known for their noisiness behind the text 'those who talk don't know'; and to contrast, an owl, often regarded as quiet and wise, in the bottom left corner next to the text 'those who know don't talk!' The poster implies that it is smart and wise to stay quiet if the audience has information, and that those who preach what they think they know are generally misinformed.