Sunday, October 31, 2010

Keep Calm and Carry On


I guess most of you have seen the "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster anywhere (or should I say everywhere?). In case you're wondering about where it came from, let me share the story with you.

This poster is part of a 3 poster series made by the Ministry of Information in 1939, in the early beginings of WWII. 


 War had just been declared, so the British government comissioned some posters to the MOI especially made to uplift the people's spirit. They were meant to have a bold background color, a simple yet effective tipography, the symbol of the King's crown, and short messages.

The other two were printed, distributed and placed in public spaces such as bus stops and stores. However, the "Keep Calm" sign was only meant to be used in case Germany invaded the Great Britain. Since it never happened, the posters were destroyed, and were never used


The poster would have remained unknown forever, but in 2000 Barter Books  second-hand bookstore discovered the poster in one of its books, and decided to print copies of it for its clients.


Since a long time had passed, there were no more copyright issues, and prints have been made by people all over the world.


It's funny how, decades later, the message is still meaningful to people. I find it very inspirin and full of wisdom.




The one with the British flag is my favorite.


There are infinite options.




It is so popular, you can find all kinds of thing with the print. 


As well as all kinds of parodies. I find this one cute.



I even found this page where you can design your own "Keep Calm" poster.
I had fun doing this:



:)

You can even order T-shirts, posters or mugs with your design.

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After so many images, I remembered I need to make one for home.
So simple and cute.

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By the way, I haven't forgotten about our little trivia from last post.


I asked you to figure out which was the Main Bedroom out of these two:
Option 1





Option 2





Ready for the answer? It's option number 1! 

The red room is the guest room.
How cool is that?
I want to be their guest!

images via:
1. kingdom of style
2. barter books
3. uber london
4. baby bites
5. le creazioni
6. decorpad
7. apartment therapy
8. tch
9. manolo home 
10. audrey's design blog
11. jratlee
12. keep calm-o-matic 
 
 

2 comments:

Patti G said...

no le atineee!!! pero realmente con esa cama cualquiera quisiera caer de visita, un beso!!

Inspire my house pretty said...

just found your blog and love it!!!! i love love love the keep calm and carry on:)

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