Keep Calm and Carry On Keeps On

I've been keeping a tag on news stories on the resurgence of the Keep Calm and Carry On campaign over the past couple of weeks, and it continues to turn up regularly on the daily digest in a series of bizarre guises, often without reference to its origins, by comics, estate agents, lawyers, retailers, those preparing for weddings, backing for sports teams. Try a search on Etsy, and many different products come back,  some subverted (or…

Bill Pertwee: The Warden Says

I'm currently trying to write my abstract for the "Framing Film" conference at the University of Winchester, and spent a very enjoyable couple of hours this afternoon watching "The Warden Says" introduced by Bill Pertwee (on VHS, how old school.. and now I see they are available on DVD!)... thank goodness such little gems have survived! I know far more about the posters themselves, but there are a few good examples to use for the…

Faber Finds: Mass-Observation

Mass-Observation I used the Mass-Observation archives extensively in my PhD research (see www.ww2poster.co.uk), as it has lots of really interesting material from observations (both direct and indirect) plus collated materials from the war years (and since). It was really ahead of its time! Much of the best material is only available by visiting the archives (based at the University of Sussex), but some of their published material is shortly to be published by Faber &…

Keep Calm and Carry On

"For many the wartime slogans, such as Dig for Victory, Careless Talk Costs Lives, and Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases, have never been forgotten. Such slogans have been passed on as a part of our common heritage," says Dr Rebecca Lewis, a historian who has made a study of the subject. "Posters that were not published or were withdrawn also make for interesting study, particularly for reasons as to why they were rejected," she adds.…