a very nice one from PostSecret
There’s no escaping ‘Keep Calm and Carry On poster.
From coffee mugs to bandaids and now memes, the British slogan is simply everywhere.
Perfectly, it captures the stiff upper lip culture from across the pond, which has inevitably made its way stateside.
Coined more than 70 years ago, it was one of three propaganda posters produced by the British government in the spring of 1939 in the build up to World War II.
Though the government never officially issued them to the public, they were printed using a “special and handsome” typeface, which would be difficult for Germany to counterfeit, along with the crown of King George IV.
Then, 50 years later, one of the 2.5 million posters turned up at a secondhand bookstore called Barter Books in the northeast corner of Northumberland,England in a town called Alnick. The owner decided to frame the poster and place it on the wall in the shop. Customers loved the slogan, spurring Barter Books to reproduce more of the posters.