Original ww2 keep calm and carry on poster
Keep Calm and Carry On by VariousKeep Calm and Carry On was a World War 2 government poster discovered in a dusty box nine years ago. Though it never saw the light of day in 1939 (it was only supposed to go up if Britain was invaded), it has suddenly struck a chord in our current difficult times, now we are in need of a stiff upper lip and optimistic energy once again. Gordon Brown had one up in 10 Downing Street and James May wears a Keep Calm T-shirt on the telly - it is suddenly everywhere. The book is packed full of similarly motivational and inspirational quotes, proverbs, mantras and wry truths to help us through the recession, from such wits as Churchill, Disraeli and George Bernard Shaw. Funny, wise and stirring - it is a perfect source of strength to get us all through the coming months.
A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain Mark Twain
Its a recession when your neighbor loses his job; its a depression when you lose your own Harry S. Truman
An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didnt happen today Laurence J. Peter
Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine Lord Byron
Better bread with water than cake with trouble Russian Proverb
The Poster That Started the “Keep Calm” Craze is on Sale
But it turns out the original poster itself, printed by the U. The poster on sale is the one that started the "Keep Calm" craze. Over the decade, the image gained notoriety, and eventually became one of the most recognizable memes of the 21st century. Thorpe reports that the poster was originally commissioned as one of a series of three propaganda posters designed by the British government in All of them use a distinctive sans serif typeface that may have been drawn by hand on a solid color background, topped by a crown. The government had second thoughts about the phrase too.
The Ministry of Information was formed by the British Government as the department responsible for publicity and propaganda during the Second World War. In late after the outbreak of the war, the MOI was appointed by the British Government to design a number of morale boosting posters that would be displayed across the British Isles during the testing times that lay ahead. With a bold coloured background, the posters were required to be similar in style and feature the symbolic crown of King George VI along with a simple yet effective font. These two were posted on public transport, in shop windows, upon notice boards and hoardings across Britain. As this never happened, the poster was never officially seen by the public. It is believed that most of the Keep Calm posters were destroyed and reduced to a pulp at the end of the war in
Keep Calm and Carry On: The secret history
Meaning and Unusual History of the 'Keep Calm and Carry On' Slogan
Item Status:. View Similar Items View More. Home Furniture Wall Decorations Posters. Want more images or videos? Designed by the Ministry of Information featuring the now famous slogan in stylised white letters against a red background with the symbolic King George VI Tudor Crown of the state above.
The poster was intended to raise the morale of the British public, threatened with widely predicted mass air attacks on major cities. It has since been re-issued by a number of private companies, and has been used as the decorative theme for a range of products. Evocative of the Victorian belief in British stoicism — the " stiff upper lip ", self-discipline, fortitude, and remaining calm in adversity — the poster has become recognised around the world. Each poster showed the slogan under a representation of a " Tudor Crown " a symbol of the state. They were intended to be distributed to strengthen morale in the event of a wartime disaster, such as mass bombing of major cities using high explosives and poison gas, which was widely expected within hours of an outbreak of war. A career civil servant named A.
Bring it up in conversation with a Brit and you'll probably be met with an eye-roll — as noted in Fraser McAlpine's new book, " Stuff Brits Like. But McAlpine, who lives in Cornwall , says the British secretly love the phrase because of its history. The phrase originated as a slogan in the spring before World War II. Anticipating the dark days ahead, the British government designed a poster to hang in areas being targeted by German bombers. Around 2. They also couldn't settle on an appropriate time to hang the posters. Save for a select few, the majority of the posters were destroyed.