Keep Calm and Carry On: Words for Posterity

This famous poster, put out by the British government in 1939 to encourage the traditional stuff upper lip of the British people in the face of Nazi aggression, has had multiple second lives as the inspiration for many new designs.  Regular readers of this blog know we sometimes post versions in the sidebars.  And if you follow either of us on Pinterest — or just about anybody else there — you will see many versions.  Here are a few of our favorites.

Many of the signs reflect a real philosophy of life — or not!  There are many collages of the images too.

And lots of products carry a version of the logo.

And finally a few “farther-out” faves”:

6 thoughts on “Keep Calm and Carry On: Words for Posterity”

  1. Actually, this poster was NEVER issued by the British Government. It was printed in anticipation of a German invasion, which was considered imminent, especially after Dunkirk, but never happened. The message was meant to keep people calm after the invasion. Some undestroyed copies were found in a box of books only a few years ago, and that's when the fad began.

  2. Absolutely brilliant post – thank you!

    I seem to remember that Winson Churchill wrote in his accounts of the Second World War that he authorised a poster in the darkest days to go with a putative campaign to distribute bayonets to everybody. Apparently the poster said "At least you can take one with you". Does anybody know if any were printed?

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