Monday, March 05, 2012

The History of "Keep Calm"


I just saw this one facebook and decided to take a minute and post it.



If you're anything like me the Keep Calm and Carry On poster, and all it's spinoff's, wore out their welcome a while ago.  I thought it was another hipster turned mainstream design craze, much like bird silouettes and chevron stripes (I believe I'm guilty on both accounts).  I never thought of it as having a history, let alone a war-time history from a bygone era.  I have a renewed respect for this little poster for its more-than-meets-the-eye message and its charming and timely reemergence into our world.

Carry on indeed.  


7 comments:

  1. Loved this so much. Thank you.

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  2. yes, i agree, such a timely (and timeless) sentiment, trendiness be darned. i have a friend who tattooed the phrase in mirror reverse on her upper chest!

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  3. I had the same reaction. Now, I want a poster.

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  4. Anonymous6:08 PM

    I can't believe I met you today at Costco! I hope I didn't seem too much like a creeper! Your girls are both so beautiful!

    Laura

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  5. Laura!

    Not a creeper at all! So fun to meet you and especially someone I have share some State roots with.

    And I have to agree with you....my girls are beautiful.

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  6. I find it fascinating that you weren't aware of the posters history... to me, as a New Zealander, and a colony of Britain, this is a.part of my history... I guess I was under the impression that most people in the Western world - certainly those in countries involved in the allied forces of the Second World War - would be aware of the history of such an ironic poster. I guess that its moments like this, that it becomes all too memorable, that America didn't join the Allied war effort until very late in the war....

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  7. how lovely.. thank you for sharing. I too have been getting quite a bit sick about all of the parody-ing. It's gone wayyy overboard. I am also guilty of birds :)

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