I am loving these custom prints from Keep Calm-o-matic. This site is great, not only do they sell fantastic prints but they also allow you the chance to create your own.
The ‘Keep Calm’ phenomenon has now been around for 5 years. YES, back in the mists of time, in early 2009, the phenomenon hit are purchasing needs. Posters started to appear everywhere; from news articles to the police (who got into the act with their Policing Pledge posters), we have seen every variation of this print, but the history behind the original posters is quite fascinating.
The Keep Calm and Carry On posters were originally created by the UK Ministry of Information in order to boost the morale of the British people during World War II. The message was meant to have come directly from King George VI himself, with the original being stark white text on a red background, with the only image on the poster being the royal crown of George VI.
However, the intention of this poster was to only be displayed if invasion was imminent, and because of this happened they never got distributed. So, at the end of the war, the posters were collected up and pulped. It is believed that only two original posters, from the millions created actually survived.
The story would have ended there were it not for Stuart and Mary Manley, who run a bookshop called Barter Books in Northumberland. Whilst sorting through a box of old books, they found one of the few surviving original copies of the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster. They liked it so much that they had the poster framed and placed near the till in their shop.
They soon found that customers were very keen on the poster – even to the point of asking if they could buy it! So, Stuart and Mary started selling and printing facsimilie copies of the poster. The rest, as they say, is history…
To purchase or find out more go to http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk