Keep Calm And Carry On- The Original And the Spoof Posters
Today the Keep Calm and Carry On poster has been parodied by changing the logo, the text or the color in innumerable ways to communicate a new, different meaning. Moreover, the origin of the poster is unknown to most people. It was a motivational poster produced by the British government in 1939 during the Second World War in a bid to boost the morale of the British people. Although it was not actually used during the war, the poster later became popular after Stuart and Mary Manley, the couple who owns of Barter Books Ltd. in Northumberland, stumbled across the original poster among the used books they had bought in 2000 at an auction, and hung it in a frame to decorate their shop wall. The poster became widely popular after the couple finally made a replication of it for sale in their shop in 2009, upon the insistent requests by their customers, and sold forty thousand copies of it.