Keep Calm and Carry On by VariousKeep Calm and Carry On was a World War 2 government poster discovered in a dusty box nine years ago. Though it never saw the light of day in 1939 (it was only supposed to go up if Britain was invaded), it has suddenly struck a chord in our current difficult times, now we are in need of a stiff upper lip and optimistic energy once again. Gordon Brown had one up in 10 Downing Street and James May wears a Keep Calm T-shirt on the telly - it is suddenly everywhere. The book is packed full of similarly motivational and inspirational quotes, proverbs, mantras and wry truths to help us through the recession, from such wits as Churchill, Disraeli and George Bernard Shaw. Funny, wise and stirring - it is a perfect source of strength to get us all through the coming months.
A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain Mark Twain
Its a recession when your neighbor loses his job; its a depression when you lose your own Harry S. Truman
An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didnt happen today Laurence J. Peter
Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine Lord Byron
Better bread with water than cake with trouble Russian Proverb
The Story of Keep Calm and Carry On
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Brits may roll their eyes at 'Keep Calm and Carry On' — but here's why they secretly love it
The third, and now iconic, poster flashed Keep Calm and Carry On in white, capital letters underneath an image of a crown on a bright, grabbingly red background. Who, exactly, coined the slogan is unclear. The British government printed nearly 2. It never did display the posters, and most were recycled in during a wartime paper shortage. The Keep Calm and Carry On poster languished in number and obscurity until Stuart Manley discovered a copy in tucked away in a box of old books for his bookshop, Barter Books, in Alnwick, England.
It has been screen-printed by hand upon an off-white high quality gm fine paper with a matt finish. The poster that started it all! It will be posted to you in a strong and sturdy cardboard tube. The frames and print compliment each other wonderfully and it really brings out the best in the poster. We also have a fine box canvas stretched across a deep wooden frame the result of which looks stunning up on a wall. The approx dimensions are Last but not least is a retro metal wall plaque which has the look and feel of years gone by.
The poster was intended to raise the morale of the British public, threatened with widely predicted mass air attacks on major cities. It has since been re-issued by a number of private companies, and has been used as the decorative theme for a range of products. Evocative of the Victorian belief in British stoicism — the " stiff upper lip ", self-discipline, fortitude, and remaining calm in adversity — the poster has become recognised around the world. Each poster showed the slogan under a representation of a " Tudor Crown " a symbol of the state. They were intended to be distributed to strengthen morale in the event of a wartime disaster, such as mass bombing of major cities using high explosives and poison gas, which was widely expected within hours of an outbreak of war. A career civil servant named A. Waterfield came up with "Your Courage" as "a rallying war-cry that will bring out the best in everyone of us and put us in an offensive mood at once".
Top definition. Keep Calm and Carry On unknown. A poster, made in by the British Ministry of Information to encouage the public to pull through the difficult times in World War II. Although millions of copies were printed, the poster was never really used, and the original designer is unknown. In a copy was found in a second-hand bookshop , and, since the copyright had expired, the posters slogan was allowed to be printed on to all kinds of merchandise including copies of the poster, hoodies, mugs, doormats and cusions. As a result, the slogan became very popular and now represents the British attitude to tough and stressful times. In the recession of the late s, the Keep Calm and Carry On posters gained in popularity, especially among nurses and other professions affected.
Around 2. They also couldn't settle on an appropriate time to hang the posters. Save for a select few, the majority of the posters were destroyed. Fast-forward six decades and one of the remaining posters was discovered by a bookseller who bought a box of old books where the poster was hidden at auction. Pretty soon, customers were asking about where they could buy a similar poster, and the shop's owners, Stuart and Mary Manley, decided to print copies.