The first two posters produced were “Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolutions will Bring Us Victory” and “Freedom is in Peril” and were hugely effective. The third poster, “KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON” was never seen as it was only to be used should Germany invade Great Britain. At the end of the war, 1945, these posters were supposed to have been destroyed but almost 60 years later, a book seller stumbled across a treasure trove of these posters when he bought a collection of dusty old books at auction. Others have surfaced, some in the National Archives, The Imperial War Museum and during an episode of the Antiques Road Show. Read more about the auction here.
I think it’s wonderful the old posters were found and often wonder if Great Britain has that same sort of enthusiasm and patriotism now. That sort of stiff upper lip and, later Churchwellian bulldogedness, carried them, successfully, through two world wars. For that matter, do we in the USA? I think not or things wouldn’t be as horrid as they seem to be now.
KEEP CALM AND FARM reminds me farming, even on such a small scale as what I do, is a worthwhile endeavor. It’s a hard endeavor but keeps me out of trouble, lets me breath clean, fresh air every day, rest my weary eyes on some of God’s best handiwork and sleep soundly at night.
What’s your favorite KEEP CALM poster? Would you like to make one? The Keep Calm and Posters and Keep Calm Studio are both places to make your own poster. Plug in the empty spots and your poster comes to life.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ~ Albert Einstein ~
Today’s Miracles ~ calm ~ farming ~ knitting ~ praying ~ carrying on ~ traveling ~ GOD ~