Tuesday, April 19, 2011

"Keep Calm and Carry On"




This is one of my favorite sayings of all time. It has swept the internet and commercial world and you can pretty much find it on anything you wan; from posters to bracelets, anything! Sometimes I think I should just have it tattooed onto my wrist so I always remember to "keep calm." Maybe a bracelet would be a better option.. 

It has a pretty extensive history that I find fascinating. Here's a short explanation, thanks to Wikipedia!

"The poster was initially produced by the Ministry of Information in 1939 during the beginning of World War II. It was intended to be distributed in order to strengthen morale in the event of a wartime disaster. Two-and-a-half million copies were printed, although the poster was distributed only in limited numbers. The designer of the poster is not known.


The poster was third in a series of three. The previous two posters from the series, "Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring Us Victory" (800,000 printed) and "Freedom is in Peril" (400,000 printed) were issued and used across the country for motivational purposes, as the Ministry of Information assumed that the events of the first weeks of the war would demoralise the population. Planning for the posters started in April 1939; by June designs were prepared, and by August 1939, they were on their way to the printers, to be placed up within 24 hours of the outbreak of war. The posters were designed to have a uniform device, be a design associated with the Ministry of Information, and have a unique and recognisable lettering, with a message from the King to his people. The slogans were created by civil servants, with Waterfield coming up with "Your Courage" as "a rallying war-cry that will bring out the best in everyone of us and put us in an offensive mood at once". These particular posters were designed as "a statement of the duty of the individual citizen", un-pictorial, to be accompanied by more colloquial designs. The "Your Courage" poster was much more famous during the war, as it was the first to go up, very large, and was the first of the Ministry of Information's posters. The press, fearful of censorship, created a backlash, and thus a lot of material related to these posters has been kept by archives."




P.S. If you actually want to check out some of the things you can buy.. look at Etsy (my favorite website!) "Keep Calm and Carry On" on Etsy!

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