Keep Calm and Blog On

Keep Calm and Carry On was a poster produced by the British government in 1939, during the beginning of World War II, intended to raise the morale of the British public in the event of invasion. The poster was third in a series of three. The three posters were issued and used across the country, as the British Ministry of Information assumed that the events of the first weeks of the war would demoralise the population.

The “Your Courage” poster was much more famous during the war, as it was the first to go up.

In 2000, a copy of the “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster was rediscovered in a second-hand bookshop. Since copyright expires on artistic works created by the UK government after 50 years, the image is now in the public domain, and the many take-offs have gone viral. You can now find “Keep Calm” slogans on everything from posters to clothing to mugs to doormats to just about anything.

Some have variations on the word “carry”, listing a number of real and fictional characters of that name.

You can find a Keep Calm product with just about anything you may be passionate about.

How about one for Chanuka? (I know, I know, it’s over…)

Of course, major (and minor) cultural and literary themes are not ignored…

Perhaps fiber-related animals?

Some are a little confusing…


And some just head over to the flip side…

Nostalgia notwithstanding, I guess we all feel a need for the main message here, a need for calm in the midst of chaos, in whatever we need or want to do. It has become a logo for all of us as we go through current hard times.

Are you keeping calm???



2 Responses to “Keep Calm and Blog On”

  1. Courtney Says:

    I think Keep Calm and Knit On is going to be my new motto! Thanks for the amusing post. I’d never heard of this war slogan before.

  2. Roberta Says:

    I love the Yoda one 🙂

    And the funny thing is that I got the one about Dr Who – I just saw that episode the other day!

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