Our design intern Kate uncovered another lovely collection of silkscreen posters. This time it is the resurgence of WW2 British Military propaganda. In 1939, the British Ministry of Information commissioned a series of posters to boost morale and civil support. The design of the posters consisted of a message from the King set in a simple sans serif against a bold, flat colored background, and an image of his crown.
"Keep Calm and Carry On" is the third poster of the series to be used if and when the Nazis should invade Britain. Since that never happened, the posters – apart from limited distribution – were never used.
Here are the other two (considerably less cheery) in the series:
Kate recently purchased a print for herself to hang in her apartment as a reminder and morale booster during stressful times.
She also had the good idea to buy postcards as little reminders and placed them around her space as a reminder to keep her head up. For instance, when her computer decides it wants to turn itself off for no real reason. We all know that feeling! Or, when she's making the commute to TPD dodging other stressed out drivers who are talking on their cell phone, reading the newspaper, eating breakfast, and applying makeup.
They are available here - they also have plenty of other wares to satisfy anglophile sensibilities.