Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue.

- Eugene O'neil

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Keep Calm and Blog On

It is Vintage Thingy Thursday and Time Travel Thursday - so I figured I would share a little today, about our "Keep Calm and Carry On" print, which can be seen int he upper right corner of the photo of our living room, above.

Nowadays, you can find this print and variations of the print all over the place.  But the original story is an interesting one.  It's even on Wikipedia now (

"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 under the threat of impending invasion. It was little known and never used. The poster was rediscovered in 2000 and has been re-issued by a number of private sector companies, and used as the decorative theme for a range of other products. There are only two known surviving examples of the poster outside of government archives." (For mor, click on the wikipedia link above.)

Our family particularly likes our Keep Calm print (which is a screen printed onto a canvas box frame) - not only for its bright color and soothing sentiment, but also because my mother-in-law is English, and a sweet trip to Britain is one of the first international trips my husband and I took together.

I also love the many recent variations of the Keep Calm poster.  Some are very sweet:

Some suggest financial freedom:
Some are more likely to keep you calm than others:

And given a real emergency, this one is probably the most realistic:

Hope you all enjoyed this little jog down a vintage highway.  Have a happy Thursday everyone!


LV said...

What an interesting and informative post. I enjoyed learning about the Keep Calm and Carry On posters.

Postcardy said...

That's thew first time I have seen any "keep calm" signs.

Ann said...

Like the phrase, I need to get me one of those. Great information too.
Hope you had a great VTT

Coloradolady said...

I have seen these before, but did not know the history. I like them too. I love yours, red is one of my favorite colors. Happy VTT!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

I love learning the history of things. Thanks so much for sharing the story behind that sign, Chelise. I see the words everywhere today, but I had no idea of the historical significance.

Thanks for joining the party. It's good to have you back. I hope to see you regularly. ;) I would love to have you join me this Friday for "Funny Faux Pas Follies," as well.

By the way, have you entered my giveaway yet?

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage