You have probably seen the hilarious keep calm and carry on posters with their countless parodies everywhere on the streets and online over the past few years, but have you ever wondered about the reason behind the original “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster?
Let’s start at the start of World War II in 1939. During that time, Great Britain knew they were headed for war, so the British Ministry of Information designed the “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster as part of a series of three home publicity posters. The other two posters are not as well known: “Freedom is in peril defend it with all your might”, and “Your courage your cheerfulness your resolution will bring us Victory”.
The posters depict the slogans under the Tudor Crown, which is a symbol of the British State. These posters were meant to be circulated as a boost of spirits during the war, in case of a mass bombing of major cities, or even the dreaded prospect of an attack and occupation by the Nazi Germany front.
At the time, almost 2.5 million copies were printed, and even after Britain was heavily bombed by the Germans throughout 1940 and 1941, the poster was rarely publicly displayed and wasn’t even known or recognized until a copy of it was found back in the year 2000 at a bookshop in Alnwick, England.
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Adam Kobeissy Digital Designer