british home front

“Printed in 1939 by His Majesty’s Stationery Office on orders of England’s Ministry of Information, ’Keep Calm and Carry On’ was, despite being run off in vast quantities along with two related posters, never seen during World War II; the event that would have triggered its release – a German invasion of the British Isles – never happened. And so the posters, bearing the crest of King George VI, were shredded in 1945, with a small number saved in the archives of the Imperial War Museum. It was not to emerge again until 2000, when a tattered copy was discovered lining a box in a secondhand bookstore in Northumberland.”