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All art is propaganda. It is universally and inescabably propaganda; sometimes unconsciously, but often deliberately, propaganda. Upton Sinclair

 

 

Keep Calm and Carry On! Pip pip! Cheerio, and all that rot! We have all heard it. Chances are you’ve said it aloud to yourself with a bit of British accent. Ok, now you are saying it to yourself in a British accent. Come on, yes you are. Have you ever asked where did this bloody phrase come from and why has it become an icon in the land of memes? One of a trio of motivational posters the Keep Calm and Carry On, now common on everything from T-shirts to coffee mugs and pacifiers, never entered official service.


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Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring Us Victory

The goal of all propaganda is to influence. This is accomplished using a variety of methods with political posters or graffiti art being two common applications. These media often rely heavily on symbolism and short, ambiguous phrases that everyone can get behind. An American example are the recruiting poster from World War I depicting Uncle Sam, the personification of the United States. Uncle Sam looked you straight in the eye and picked YOU to have the honor to serve! We all have a responsibility to blindly follow our corporate sponsored leader’s into war and die for our “Country”. You owe your life to the State because you were born at a certain geographic location. Perhaps, I am being melodramatic. Successful propaganda is repeated and dispersed over a wide area to create acceptance or compliance by the chosen audience.


Lessons Learned

Freedom Is In Peril. Defend It With All Your Might


Keep Calm and Carry On

Building upon lessons learned by the allies during and after the Great War the British government embraced the latest in propaganda to reassure the citizenry and prepare them for what lie ahead. It was 1939 and everyone in Europe could feel the coming changes. In the lead up to War with Germany the British government commissioned the Ministry of Information to design a series of propaganda posters. These were required to be uniform in style and difficult to counterfeit. The posters employed a unique typeface, the Crown of King George VI, and maintained a scheme of only two colors.

The Message

Relax. Keep working and consuming. Your country needs ya!


Keep Calm and Be In Love

Of the three posters that went into production the first was resolute if not optimistic, ” Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring Us Victory”. The second carried the dire warning, “Freedom Is In Peril. Defend It With All Your Might”. Sufficiently scared you were urged to be on guard and defend the nation. How wasn’t exactly explained but those details can wait. The third design simply read, ” Keep Calm and Carry On”. Short. Direct. Almost hypnotic in it’s persuasive call for stoicism. The first two posters were put into service in every part of England. The third poster was held back to be used in the event of a major crisis or invasion. Never officially produced or released it’s existence was forgotten for over 50 years.

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In 2000, an original “Keep Calm and Carry On” print was uncovered by Barter Books Ltd in near premium condition. In what later appeared to be an act of providence, bookstore owners Stuart and Mary Manley found the print in a box of old books that had been bought at auction. Instantly they both were attracted to the clean lines and bold color coupled with uniform lettering and the monarchical symbolism. With singleness of mind the message is delivered with great candor along with a bit of puritanical restraint. It was a display of the tendency of the people towards innocence in the days before the second world war.

What seemed to be just a well preserved piece of British nostalgia was soon to take on a life of its own. It was promptly framed and placed over the cash register for all to see. The print soon grew popular with the patrons and copies were made available for sale. Selling quickly the prints fame has risen steadily. Fame, as can often be the case, may be jeopardizing the soul of the original message now being lost to the masses. Lost to the World of never ending parody. Each one further damaging the original. An unsuccessful effort by Mary Manley to trademark, and allegedly protect, the print was attempted early on.

KEEP CALM

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It is difficult to quantify what exactly it is that attracts so many. The design is simple and timeless. But, perhaps it is because the slogan embodies that quintessential steely British resolve. Keep Calm in the face of foe. Keep Calm and fight for freedom! Keep Calm! Keep Calm and Carry On…

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All art is propaganda. It is universally and inescabably propaganda; sometimes unconsciously, but often deliberately, propaganda. Upton Sinclair

 

 

Keep Calm and Carry On! Pip pip! Cheerio, and all that rot! We have all heard it. Chances are you’ve said it aloud to yourself with a bit of British accent. Ok, now you are saying it to yourself in a British accent. Come on, yes you are. Have you ever asked where did this bloody phrase come from and why has it become an icon in the land of memes? One of a trio of motivational posters the Keep Calm and Carry On, now common on everything from T-shirts to coffee mugs and pacifiers, never entered official service.


Influence your audience

 

 

Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring Us Victory

The goal of all propaganda is to influence. This is accomplished using a variety of methods with political posters or graffiti art being two common applications. These media often rely heavily on symbolism and short, ambiguous phrases that everyone can get behind. An American example are the recruiting poster from World War I depicting Uncle Sam, the personification of the United States. Uncle Sam looked you straight in the eye and picked YOU to have the honor to serve! We all have a responsibility to blindly follow our corporate sponsored leader’s into war and die for our “Country”. You owe your life to the State because you were born at a certain geographic location. Perhaps, I am being melodramatic. Successful propaganda is repeated and dispersed over a wide area to create acceptance or compliance by the chosen audience.


Lessons Learned

Freedom Is In Peril. Defend It With All Your Might


Keep Calm and Carry On

Building upon lessons learned by the allies during and after the Great War the British government embraced the latest in propaganda to reassure the citizenry and prepare them for what lie ahead. It was 1939 and everyone in Europe could feel the coming changes. In the lead up to War with Germany the British government commissioned the Ministry of Information to design a series of propaganda posters. These were required to be uniform in style and difficult to counterfeit. The posters employed a unique typeface, the Crown of King George VI, and maintained a scheme of only two colors.

The Message

Relax. Keep working and consuming. Your country needs ya!


Keep Calm and Be In Love

Of the three posters that went into production the first was resolute if not optimistic, ” Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring Us Victory”. The second carried the dire warning, “Freedom Is In Peril. Defend It With All Your Might”. Sufficiently scared you were urged to be on guard and defend the nation. How wasn’t exactly explained but those details can wait. The third design simply read, ” Keep Calm and Carry On”. Short. Direct. Almost hypnotic in it’s persuasive call for stoicism. The first two posters were put into service in every part of England. The third poster was held back to be used in the event of a major crisis or invasion. Never officially produced or released it’s existence was forgotten for over 50 years.

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How Many Keep Calm and Carry On Posters Were Originally Printed?

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Rediscovered

Eureka!


Don't Tell Me To Keep Calm

In 2000, an original “Keep Calm and Carry On” print was uncovered by Barter Books Ltd in near premium condition. In what later appeared to be an act of providence, bookstore owners Stuart and Mary Manley found the print in a box of old books that had been bought at auction. Instantly they both were attracted to the clean lines and bold color coupled with uniform lettering and the monarchical symbolism. With singleness of mind the message is delivered with great candor along with a bit of puritanical restraint. It was a display of the tendency of the people towards innocence in the days before the second world war.

What seemed to be just a well preserved piece of British nostalgia was soon to take on a life of its own. It was promptly framed and placed over the cash register for all to see. The print soon grew popular with the patrons and copies were made available for sale. Selling quickly the prints fame has risen steadily. Fame, as can often be the case, may be jeopardizing the soul of the original message now being lost to the masses. Lost to the World of never ending parody. Each one further damaging the original. An unsuccessful effort by Mary Manley to trademark, and allegedly protect, the print was attempted early on.

KEEP CALM

CARRY ON


Keep Calm and Sleep

It is difficult to quantify what exactly it is that attracts so many. The design is simple and timeless. But, perhaps it is because the slogan embodies that quintessential steely British resolve. Keep Calm in the face of foe. Keep Calm and fight for freedom! Keep Calm! Keep Calm and Carry On…

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Keep Calm and Pay It Forward

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Keep Calm And Carry On T-Shirt, Red, S

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Keep Calm and Carry On Iphone 4 & 4s Case | Red | Premium Hard Shell with UV Coating

Keep Calm and Carry On Iphone 4 & 4s Case | Red | Premium Hard Shell with UV Coating

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Keep Calm and Carry On Poster Poster Print, 24x36

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KCCO Keep Calm Carry On Funny Die Cut Decal For Windows, Cars, Trucks, Laptops, Etc.

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