Some call it nostalgia, patriotism… a symbol. The “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster has become a well-loved image in Anglophilia. Chances are you’ve seen one of the many spin-offs of the classic wartime poster. Because this poster does not have a copyright, anyone can make their own! Check out the Keep Calm-o-matic to make your very own version. Here’s mine:
An internet search will bring you many examples of the “Keep Calm” poster, and etsy.com sells quite a few great gifts with the saying. Personally, I like this version.
The original “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster was created in the UK during World War II as a motivational morale-booster for the public. There were two other posters reading “Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution will Bring Us Victory” and “Freedom is in Peril”. Although these posters were distributed, the “Keep Calm” poster never officially made it into the public. After the war, most of the posters were destroyed.
Jump forward about fifty years. An extremely rare “Keep Calm” poster turned up in a used bookshop in Northumberland. The store owners had it framed, but due to popular demand, began selling copies of the poster. Ever since, the populace on both sides of the pond has run away with this British symbol of strength in time of danger. Whatever spin-offs are made, the simple truth of the original poster speaks to many who respect the dignified and steady front that the British showed during WWII, a time when war was on their doorstep.
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON