Keep Calm and Carry On Artwork – Trend Alert

Perhaps you’ve seen the posters that read “Keep Calm and Carry On.”  It was originally created by the British government in 1939 with the intent to raise morale should the war get bad.  It was barely used, and then rediscovered in 2000.  Since, it has been used as decorative art.  The designer is unknown.  And the copyright has long since expired, as it only lasts 50 years for such items.  So, the poster is public domain.  Because of that, this original poster (below) has been reproduced in many forms.

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I thought this particular poster design was very appropriate right now, not only because of the royal wedding, but because of all of the turmoil the world has been facing.  From tornados in the US to the earthquake in Japan to the strife in Israel.   It’s a great message.

There are many takes on this poster.

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And, the general idea can be found in all sorts of places.

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How is it used in homes?

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There are free printables out there and they are quite easy to change up.  One site that offers the original as a free printable is  Simply Fresh Designs.

Even cooler are the painted versions.  Guess what?  I will be hosting a giveaway where an artist will be giving a hand painted version away on Friday!!  Yep.  This Friday.  So be sure to come back to enter for a chance to win a hand painted “Keep Calm and Carry On” piece of art.

Have you used this design in your home?

kristysig

7 Comments :

  1. This has been my favorite saying every since you found it last year. I’ve held on tight to it and will display it in my home once I get the poster printed. LOVE it! I cannot wait for the giveaway!!!

  2. I was kinda sick of it, I have to admit, but now that I know the history, I’m loving it again! Because it means something, it’s not just a design fad. I have this terrible habit of avoiding things that are fads just because they are fads.
    I LOOOOOVE the ‘Keep Calm and Write On’ one! I’m going to buy it … but in what color?

    • Loved that one, too. I thought it was so appropriate for writers like you! Totally thought of you when I saw it. Just emailed you a little “gift.”

  3. The best use I’ve seen for this poster is at my work. I work for an incredibly bureaucratic state agency and one of the executives has this hanging in her office. It’s sooooo perfect, I love it :).

  4. too cute! I love the Keep Calm & Surf On. How cute would that be in a little girls surfer-room!
    Thanks for stopping by- I havent got the mirrored drawer fixed yet- I just have to drop it off and they said it would take two days to fix-so excited!

  5. I love all of those! I have a few in my bathroom.

  6. I too really like these. I purchased one for my house months ago, and when my mom came over- she asked why I got it. Long story short, my dear Grandpa was in WWII and one of his favorite phrases to say was, “The main thing is to remain calm.” After that, we have always wondered if that is where he got it from!

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