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The story of Keep Calm and Carry On

Discussion in 'WWII' started by lolly_loisides, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. [video=youtube;FrHkKXFRbCI]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrHkKXFRbCI&feature=youtu.be[/video]
  2. Now that is one amazing book shop!
  3. MPicciotto

    MPicciotto Practically Family

    I concur! That book store is on my list of places to go in England if I ever get there. Converted railway station with the tea room intact! I had no idea that the poster wasn't used in WW2.

  4. Fascinating!

    I've seen many parodies of that poster. One I saw at a London antiques market was "Keep Calm and Buy Vintage & Collectables" or something of that nature. Thought it was rather cute.

    Today I learnt something - It was never actually used in the War. Never knew that.
  5. AmateisGal

    AmateisGal I'll Lock Up

    I never knew it wasn't used during the war, either. Fascinating video and I REALLY want to go to that bookstore.
  6. One of the more solid errors in war-time movies is to hang that poster on the wall in the background, revealing that you know absolutely nothing about the period you are pretending to create. I've seen it a couple of times, though. ;)
  7. Wonderful! Another place to add to my list for my next trip to Britain!
  8. I Adore Film Noir

    I Adore Film Noir A-List Customer

    Lovely! Thank you.
  9. PADDY

    PADDY I'll Lock Up Bartender

    It's my local book shop :)

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  10. Smithy

    Smithy I'll Lock Up

    My sister bought us one kitchen apron and two WWII enamel style mugs with the old "Keep Calm and Carry On" moniker on them. They came with a small leaflet talking about the poster and how, contrary to most thought, it was never used during the war.

    Cracking little bookshop that.
  11. Sharpsburg

    Sharpsburg One of the Regulars

    What a lovely and informative little film. Thanks so much for sharing. Oh, the delights you can find on Youtube!

    Keep calm and, well you know the rest.
  12. Smithy

    Smithy I'll Lock Up

    Love it Paddy ;)
  13. I think in a day when Britain is struggling so hard to figure out its identity in a way post imperial world, it's a good thing to have this extreme essence of traditional Britishness to contemplate.
  14. Saw this one in Liberty House, London the other day:



    By the way - here's a link to a site where you can generate your own poster:
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  15. Thanks for the link Spitfire!

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  16. U r welcome :)

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  17. Thanks for the links.
  18. Philip A.

    Philip A. Familiar Face

    That poster should have been reprinted and massively distributed after 9/11.
  19. This is what I saw this morning:


    Had to think of this thread right away, but I haven't got a clue, what "pien" means.

    Please excuse crappy mobile pic.
  20. I find the whole explosion of this saying/poster highly amusing, as years before it splattered across the media, a friend of ours had an original one in his kitchen.

    We said, oh, that's nice, where'd it come from? He said after his company announced a whole raft of redundancies were going to be made, it just appeared on the office wall one day. Everyone had a laugh but no-one admitted they had put it up. Our friend had a closer look, realised it was a rare Wartime poster and one night some time later he took it down, rolled it up and took it home. No-one mentioned it, so he kept it and put it in his kitchen.

    I do wonder where it came from, who found it and also, how much an original one of those is worth!

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