On this order for a new typewriter ribbon — did you know you forgot to stamp ‘Secret’?

Published July 25, 1956

Published July 25, 1956


The fact that the government keeps secrets isn’t so secret. Herblock played on this irony in 1956 shortly after a congressional committee reported that one million people in the government, from civilian to military, were authorized to use secrecy stamps. These stamps were used on everything from speeches to public records encouraging a ‘better to be safe than sorry’ notion to all documents.

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