1939: The Three Posters (PhD Extract)

On seeing Paul Matson's re-interpretation of the series of the first three posters, I thought I'd add an extract from my PhD thesis (please reference me if you quote... I have noticed phrasings very similar to my thesis surrounding this story, mostly collated from my original research). It was great to hear last week that my PhD thesis is being digitised by the British Library (which only happens if there is enough demand to read…

Carl Morris’s Blog: Check it Out

Not got long today, but yesterday I referred to Carl Morris's blog on the new Police posters. Checking out some of his other links (the interests he has I particularly note are art and language), there's also this fascinating entry: Why do we have Anti-Terrorist Hotline in Cardiff? (More poster madness.), which also links to subverted versions of the posters. Must see if I can dig out some of the material I picked up whilst…

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…