The Story of ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’

If you frequent bookstores, stationery stores or any stores really, you’re probably sick to death of the visual plague of ‘Keep Calm and Carry On‘ parodies assaulting you everywhere you look. However, Temujin Doran’s charming documentary about the creation and rediscovery of the unused World War II poster by Barter Books’ Stuart Manley, goes a long way to quashing the variety of design crimes committed in the poster’s name.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, by now you would have seen those red and white posters with that all too common saying “Keep Calm and Carry On” and from that poster, you’ve probably also seen a lot of variations of the saying on different coloured posters, mugs, tea-towels, notebooks, you name it. If you haven’t, I suggest walking into a Typo/stationery store and reading the little short, concise and sometimes, upfront messages.

Some of my favourites have been ‘Keep Calm and Drink More’, ‘Keep Calm and Rock On’, ‘Keep Calm… Oh Who Are We Kidding’, ‘Keep Calm and Shut Up’, and ‘Keep Calm and Ask Siri’.

Ever wondered where the phrase ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ originated from? Check out this sweet little video telling us the story of where the poster came from. I, myself, am sick of seeing those posters around the city, but I have to admit, this was an interesting watch. Plus, it’s only three minutes, so ‘Keep Calm… and Watch This’. 🙂