What’s your favourite riff on the popular “Keep Calm and Carry On” posters? The list keeps growing, in a spontaneous public punning poetry project, a real world meme.
“Keep Calm and Carry On Knitting” keeps the vintage British cuppa-in-a-crisis feel of the red original. So does “Keep Calm and Carry On Eating Muffins”, used to advertise a production of The Importance of Being Earnest, while “Keep Calm and Carry Wand” references a more recent British icon.
“Keep Calm and Carry Noms” is possibly better advice in an emergency than the original – “noms” being internet LOLcat slang for food (after the sound Cookie Monster makes eating on Sesame Street). The “Keep Calm and Cary Grant” poster shows the actor pursued by biplane, as in Hitchcock’s North by Northwest.
According to WWII propaganda poster expert Dr Bex Lewis, the original poster was designed by Britain’s Ministry of Information in 1939, but it was never distributed as it was to be used only in the event of a German invasion of Britain.
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Mass Communications Academic, @MMUBS. British Home Front Propaganda posters as researched for a PhD completed 2004. In 1997, unwittingly wrote the first history of the Keep Calm and Carry On poster, which she now follows with interest.