Keep Calm and Carry On Posters

June 8, 2011 · 3 comments

in Culture,Inspiration,Product Reviews

In 1939, with war against Germany looming, the British Government designed posters to steady the public’s resolve and maintain morale.

Two-and-a-half million copies of “Keep Calm” were printed, to be distributed in the event of a national catastrophe, but since the Nazis never invaded Britan, the posters remained in storage throughout the war.

The message was all but forgotten until 2000, when a copy was discovered in a box of books bought at an auction by Stuart Manley, a bookseller from Northumberland.

Since UK Government copyrights expire after 50 years the design reached the public domain, meaning just about anybody could reproduce it. So the bookstore started to. Then, as more and more prints and rip offs were created, the phrase picked up in popularity.

Here are a selection of my favourite ones!

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Melissa January 15, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Hi there… Do u know where I could buy the keep calm and carry on poster?

rikki hibbert January 16, 2012 at 8:20 am

Hi Melissa, not sure where you are based, but I have seen prints for sale at “In Good Company” in Parkhurst Johannesburg. Alternatively, look at Etsy. Good luck!

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