April 27, 2011

Keep Calm and Carry On


We've all seen some variation of the Keep Calm and Carry On poster at some point but I recently discovered it's interesting history...
 The poster was produced by the British government in 1939 during the beginning of the Second World War, intended to raise the morale of the British public in the event of invasion. The simple five-word message is the very model of British restraint and stiff upper lip. Keep calm and carry on.
It was little known and never used. 
The poster was rediscovered in 2000 and has been re-issued by a number of private sector companies, and used as the decorative theme for a range of other products. There are only two known surviving examples of the poster outside of government archives.Read more here.

Here are some of my favourite modern versions:









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