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Lewis, Bex

Keep calm and carry on : the truth behind the poster / Bex Lewis.

Additional Title(s):

Truth behind the poster

London : Imperial War Museums, [2017]
Physical Description:
80 pages : color illustrations ; 18 cm
Reference Library
NC1807.G7 L49 2017 (LC)
Accessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 77-78).
"'Keep Calm and Carry On' has become one of the most recognisable slogans of the twenty-first century. But where is it from and why has it resonated so strongly with the modern British public? This book reveals the truth behind the now infamous poster, tracing its origins to the Second World War, when it was created to allay public panic in the event of a German invasion. Of course this feared invasion never happened, and the poster would have been resigned to the dusty shelves of history were it not for a chance discovery by the owners of Barter Books in 2001. Later seized upon as an encouragement in the economic crisis, 'Keep Calm' went on to become arguably the most successful meme in history. This book tells the story of that phenomenon, including colourful posters and archive photographs throughout."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Terms:
Posters -- Social aspects.
Social media.
War posters -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Posters.

  • Posters: a propaganda device
  • Maintaining morale in a state of total war
  • Creating 'Keep Calm and Carry On'
  • Rediscovery and legacy of 'Keep Calm and Carry On'.