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September 29, 2016 to January 27, 2018


Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
West 46th Street & 12th Avenue
Pier 86
New York  New York  10036
United States
Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum

Don’t Be a Dilbert! U.S. Navy Safety Posters

The U.S. Navy lost more than 8,000 people in aviation accidents from 1941 to 1946. Safety posters used cartoons and humor to stress the importance of following safety procedures—and the grave consequences of carelessness.

The exhibition Don’t Be a Dilbert! U.S. Navy Safety Posters features a dozen examples of World War II safety posters from the Intrepid Museum’s collection. The posters, illustrated by noted cartoonist Robert Osborn, feature two blundering cartoon characters—Dilbert the pilot and Spoiler the mechanic—whose slip-ups endangered lives and equipment. The exhibition also includes excerpts from a Navy training film in which Dilbert comes to life. In the film, his stubborn inability to follow safety procedures has devastating consequences.