Saturday, January 17, 2015

Peek of the week 4 - Keep Calm and Carry On

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KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON. The poster is well-known and today you can find it as a framed poster on someone's wall as a nice piece of interior design. But what is the original story? Take a look at the following video, as it tells the story behind the ubiquitous message:

So, the poster in red, with white capital letters, and King GeorgeVI's crown, was meant to carry a safety message to the British people during World War II. However, it never reached the Brits during the war - since the Germans never invaded the country and - hence, the poster was never distributed. After the war it was believed to have been destroyed and not found until around the year 2000, in a book shop called Barter Books, located in the north of England. After the discovery among some dusty old books, it quickly became popular and copied onto mugs, t-shirts, books, plates, cushions and so on. Webpages solely dedicated to the catchphrase started and soon the colors and the text itself changed to other messages. In my opinion, the original is striking and invincible in its simplicity, though.  Keep calm and carry on. 

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