Keep Calm And…Posted: November 9, 2012
Back at the start of World War Two, a man in the British Ministry Of Information created a poster. The words on the poster were simple. Their goal was important. The Ministry created the Keep Calm And Carry On poster to keep public morale high in the face of a possible Nazi invasion.
They didn’t distribute many of the posters. After the war, the bright red placards faded out of the public eye. People were calm and the need to carry on had passed.
The poster resurfaced around 2000 and has gradually increased in popularity as a decorative items. The copyright on the original has expired, so The Keep Calm message has been usurped as a promotional tool. Just about any consumer product a body could want is available with Keep Calm on it. In that way, Keep Calm is the British equivalent of the catch phrase “Git R Done“.
One Of Three
What most people don’t know is that the Calm poster was the third of a three poster series. The other two posters were “Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring Us Victory” and the even more direct “Freedom Is In Peril. Defend It With All Your Might”. For some reason, neither of these have become as popular.
Keep Calm now urges us to shop, exercise, dance, love nerds, eat bacon and have a beer.
I’m calm. I don’t need a poster to help me settle myself, nor decide what to do. The poster and its offspring aren’t unique anymore. I need your help. Help me make Keep Calm go away.
Eschew any business, internet site or other location that takes advantage of the Keep Calm meme. If we keep calm, we can make Keep Calm return to 1939 where it belongs. Be strong and remember:
“Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring Us Victory Over Keep Calm”