The first time I saw a “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster it seemed like a great mantra to hang on your wall. Now that I’ve seen it a million times on a million different walls, I’m getting a little sick of it! However, I recently discovered that there is a history behind these posters which makes me like them better.
“During the early spring of 1939 and the war with Germany almost inevitable the British Government’s Ministry of Information commissioned a number of propaganda posters to be displayed throughout the country upon the outbreak of war. The plan for the posters was to relay a message from King George VI to his people that all capable measures to defend the Country were being taken.
Using the crown of King George VI as the only graphic element it simply read ‘Keep calm and Carry On’. Although some of the posters did make it on to walls, the poster was never officially issued and so remained almost unseen by the general public. That is until a copy turned up over 50 years later within a pile of dusty old books bought from an auction.”