The Story Behind the Iconic Keep Calm and Carry On Poster

11 Mar

Keep Calm and Carry On print by sfgirlbybay.

My dear friend Christi recently shared the sweet story of the iconic Keep Calm and Carry On poster with me. I later discovered that my CBC boyfriend George Stroumboulopoulos posted this charming little video on strombo.com as well.

Keep Calm and Carry On was originally designed as a British propaganda poster for the Second World War and was rediscovered in 2000 in a charming England bookshop. Check out this video for the full story.

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4 Responses to “The Story Behind the Iconic Keep Calm and Carry On Poster”

  1. Deanne March 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    Cute story! But do they aim a little high in the reason given for why people love the poster? I like it because it’s an hilarious relic of paternalistic government. And it looks nice.

    • thebbcreative March 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

      I’m not sure if the public (and etsy crafters) who adore this poster realized that it was originally designed as a piece of propaganda. I’m guessing that most enjoy the phrase “keep calm and carry on”. It definitely is interesting to see how popular it has become! Would have been a great topic for a paper during our undergrad. ;)

  2. Mom March 11, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    I think it is a lovely and heart warming story. The words can mean so much.
    The book store is very unique, would be cool to see some day.

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    [...] this week I stumbled across an article over at BB Creative about the original ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster which has since become popular [...]

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