Printed in 1939 by His Majesty's Stationery Office on orders of England's Ministry of Information, "Keep Calm and Carry On
" was, despite being run off in vast quantities along with two related posters, never seen during World War II; the event that would have triggered its release -- a German invasion of the British Isles -- never happened. And so the posters, bearing the crest of King George VI, were shredded in 1945, with a small number saved in the archives of the Imperial War Museum. It was not to emerge again until 2000, when a tattered copy was discovered lining a box in a secondhand bookstore in Northumberland.
Since then its alt-appeal has grown to the point where the design has become a full-fledged Internet meme
, variations of the "Keep Calm" sentiment appearing on blogs, mugs, T-shirts and posters. Now including this one
presented by Vintagraph and printed by Juniper Gallery on a variety of archival stocks in the original red as well as other hues. You will probably not find a nicer version of KCaCO offered in as wide a choice of sizes and colors, with the original typography -- font, proportions and spacing faithfully reproduced. Hang one in your office, den or dorm and you'll find yourself Carrying On
with surprising serenity. | Click image for Comments.