ww2poster Blog

I've added a new, more specialist, blog on WordPress: http://ww2poster.wordpress.com/. I will be back with this one too... but I have lots to say on posters, and with the whole furore over the Keep Calm and Carry On posters, it seems people are interested!

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…

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…

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 "Posters that were not published or were withdrawn also make for interesting study, particularly for reasons as to why they were rejected," she adds.…