History Lesson: The Story Behind “Keep Calm and Carry On”

These posters are everywhere, with all kinds of trivial additions following “Keep Calm And…”, but there is a story behind them.

This video gives a little history lesson and shows the heritage and purpose behind the posters. They were meant for stability and inspiration during a time of war, and they continue to inspire thousands of people decades later.

Here are the three posters that were the original propaganda set:

On my bucket list: visit Barter Book Shop in England; 2. open a book shop. What’s on your bucket list?

6 responses to “History Lesson: The Story Behind “Keep Calm and Carry On”

  1. vineandshoots

    Nice. Thanks, Mel. And best wishes with the book shop! Tea &/or coffee too?

  2. I’ve been wondering for a while what was all this “keep calm and carry on” about. thanks for the history lesson! 🙂

  3. I read an article on this a while back, but I like the video. They did a good job with it. Some of my favorite parodies for this poster come from Doctor Who:

    Keep Calm I’m the Doctor & Keep Calm and Don’t Blink

    You’d have to know the show to get that. Especially the last one.


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