The Story Of Keep Calm And Carry On

The same story which I based one of my shirt designs on:

The design i’m referring to of course is the Keep Calm And Carry One t-shirt.   Pretty neat history to the original poster.  I’m always surprised to hear 2.5M posters were printed at the beginning of WWII, and yet none surfaced until the year 2000.  I suppose paper is pretty fragile for long term storage if the conditions are not ideal.   I’m just waiting for a huge stockpile to be found someday so I can pick up an original to hang on the wall.

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Church April 5, 2012 at 06:34 am

Hmm. Cool story.

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Jeep April 5, 2012 at 07:40 am

VERY cool story I didn’t know about.
I definitively need a poster !

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Rignerd April 5, 2012 at 07:52 am

This was later shortened to “don’t panic” by Douglas Adams.

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JonMac April 5, 2012 at 03:20 pm

Yeah, except that I’ve found two references to the posters actually being put up during the war, contrary to their claims.

You can’t move in the UK without seeing the damn things, or some parody of them. Though obviously the ENDO one is an exception ;)

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dave w April 5, 2012 at 06:10 pm

i hope you are giving royalties per shirt to Adolf Hitlers estate.

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ENDO-Mike April 5, 2012 at 06:23 pm

Hope no longer! That’s where 85.23% of the proceeds go. *eye roll*

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dave w April 5, 2012 at 09:57 pm

is that tax deductible?

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ZBalentine April 6, 2012 at 08:20 am

On a side note…That’s probably the coolest book store I’ve ever seen.

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45er April 7, 2012 at 02:58 pm

I agree with ZBalentine. I’m a book nut and that book store is phenomenal.

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Santi April 12, 2012 at 11:46 pm

This was great. Thanks for posting it.

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Paul B. April 17, 2012 at 04:27 pm

The bookstore is so cool because it’s owned by someone named MANL(e)Y.

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