Keep Calm And Carry On

2 Nov

Keep Calm

Keep Calm And Carry On.

No, nothing to do with NaBloPoMo, although I suppose it fits!

I hadn’t realised that the ubiquitous motivational poster with that title was originally printed at the beginning of World War Two. (I was just a little too young to have seen it back then).

Keep Calm and Carry On –  history

It was issued by the Ministry of Information and although 2,500,000 copies were printed, they were only distributed in limited numbers.

It was the third poster in a series of three

“Freedom Is In Peril. Defend It With All Your Might” and

“Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring Us Victory” were the others.

The story of how it became so popular today is interesting. It’s thought that remaining posters were destroyed at the end of the war. Then a bookshop in Northumberland came across one in a pile of old books he had bought at auction at the turn of this century.

Crown copyright  expires on artistic works created by the UK government after 50 years, which meant that the image was now in the public domain. The store’s owners printed copies at customers’ requests, after which others followed suit.

Now we now see it everywhere. Not just posters. We see badges, mugs, T-shirts etc. Virtually everything you can think of.

It has spawned plenty of amusing parodies too.

I rather like this one…


One Response to “Keep Calm And Carry On”

  1. Courtney November 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    I thought it was a new thing, like the memes. How ’bout that…

Please leave a reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

The Blackburn Museum Blog

Fun and interesting stories and objects


capturing the world we live in

Egg in the Middle

This site is about food and fun. See my book, Recipes from the Junk Drawer, and my next one, Recipes from the Fruit Cellar.

Sitting on the Porch

Rocking away the blues

'Moments in Time'

It's not what you look at that matters, It's what you see .....

Cubik's Rube

Regular blogging on atheism, skepticism, genderism, journalism, anarchism, politics, and other stuff that infuriates or inspires me.

The Bottom of a Bottle

Trust me, I've been there, I've looked, I've searched and I know now, that there are no answers to be found in the bottom of a bottle or on the edge of a blade! Fighting Hard, Recovering, Rebuilding, REBORN. Moving on from addiction to a new life.

Interesting Literature

A Library of Literary Interestingness


abstract art and systems thinking

Beyond the Sphere

By Tom Merriman


Dogs and my life but mostly dogs.

Dave Whatt

All art is about truth - as a result all artists are liars

Locksands Life

Thoughts of a Happy Nerd News

The latest news on and the WordPress community.

Worth Doing Badly

Tinman's Blog

middle of my story

Wonderings, musings, motherhood, and more....


Rest, Relax and Enjoy

I used to be indecisive...

...but now I'm not so sure

The Bis Key Chronicles

It's about the sound, the rhythm, and the passion for life.

Marking Our Territory

best friends on an adventure with petcentric

Sorta Ginger

Ramblings of a Quasi-Redhead


Funny pictures & cartoons to make you smile.

Gobetween Flames site about my life and interests.

Anyone 4 Curry & Other Things

Smile! A Site for Friends Wherever You Are!


Experientialist: a collector of experiences, especially one-of-a-kind.

123amylou's Blog

Creativity with aphasia

Milners Blog

Do or do not, There is no try.

Chris Martin Writes

Sowing seeds for the Kingdom

Notes From A She-Hermit ©™®

or 'Being Mental And Loving It'. By Dotty Headbanger ©™®

Voices In His Head

Recognized as Blog Of The Year! (unfortunately, it was given the year 1910, the start of the Great Depression)

Manningtree Archive

A great site for Movies, Stage, Music, Literature…… of yesteryears

Society X

the Great Universe


Thoughts From The Frontline


oil paintings by mark toner

Grumpy Old Git

... the musings of an old fart


Your guide to practically true history.


Just another pensioner with his thoughts if he can remember them

%d bloggers like this: