The Story of Keep Calm and Carry On

The Story of Keep Calm and Carry On

Jessica Tata
Mar 9, 2012

The "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster has become so popular that the slogan is seen all over, and not just on posters anymore. Many love the graphic imagery and positive message, but others have become fed up with this design trend. Regardless of your stance on this now iconic poster, its origins are rooted in history and are quite fascinating.

NOTCOT, a favorite source for all things creative and interesting, has featured the short "Story of Keep Calm and Carry On," which chronicles the origins of the poster and its subsequent re-discovery by the folks at Barter Books.

Barter Books is a secondhand bookshop located in Alnwick's old Victorian railway station in Britain. One of Flavorwire's 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores In The World, it is worthy of its own post dedicated to the gorgeous inner workings, preserved tea rooms and waiting rooms.

After winning an auction for a box of antique books, the owners of Barter Books found one of the original Keep Calm posters that the British government had printed during WWII. Thus began a design trend that has swept the world. Take a look at this beautiful video that tells all about the provenance of the iconic poster.

Images: 1. via I Watch Stuff 2. via Flavorwire Video: from BarterBooksLtd on YouTube, via Notcot)

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