Second World War Posters

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.

#EmptyShelf17 #16 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by @RebeccaSkloot

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot My rating: 5 of 5 stars It had been a long week at work, I wanted to turn my phone off, I was polyfilla-ing a wall - and I picked this up. I read it in the course of an evening - really well written, fascinating insights into the person behind amazing medical discoveries, and plenty to think about re research ethics (one of the subjects…

Ernest Charles Wallcousins(1883 – 1976)

Ernest Wallcousins was a renowned and successful painter and illustrator famed for his portraits of Sir Henry Wood, the conductor of the Proms for over 50 years, and for that of Sir Winston Churchill. Wallcousins worked across a wide range of medium and subjects; a book illustrator in the early years of the 20th Century, he designed posters in the 1920’s, including one for the London Underground in 1925 and was renowned for his illustrations…

#EmptyShelf17 #7 Royal Fever: The British Monarchy in Consumer Culture

Royal Fever: The British Monarchy in Consumer Culture by Cele C. Otnes My rating: 4 of 5 stars There's plenty to think about in this book about the significance of the British Royal Family to British culture, and just how much that converts into both social/emotional loyalty, but particularly cold, hard cash. Lots in there about meaning and a sense of belonging. View all my reviews

#EmptyShelf17 #3: The Ministry of Nostalgia by @owenhatherley

The story of Keep Calm and Carry On is largely one of the 21st century, rather than of the Second World War, when it was produced. Owen Hatherley uses the poster as a hook as he investigates the 'nostalgia' we have for 1940s, and use it to legitimise contemporary austerity. Hatherley refers to the use of this sense by the government as NOT heritage, but, quoting Raphael Samuel, as stealing 'from the past at random', as…

[BOOK PUBLICATION] Keep Calm and Carry On : The Truth Behind the Poster

Within my 1997 undergraduate dissertation, and my 2004 PhD thesis, I (unintentionally) provided the story of the now ubiquitous 'Keep Calm and Carry On' (KCCO) poster (read an extract here), whilst I was writing about two very early posters produced by the British Government in the Second World War - Your Courage, and Freedom is in Peril. At the same time, the government produced KCCO, with the intention of saving it for use when under…