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Keep Calm and Carry On

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Be Cool, Stay Calm and Be Calm

With war looming over Britain in 1939, the British Government commissioned Keep Calm and Carry On posters to try to calm fears. Today, everything from posters to Keep Calm shirts are hugely popular in Britain and elsewhere. The timeless British design and motivating slogan gives people reassurance when used in home decor or office decor. We offer the Keep Calm Carry On poster framed and unframed. The posters are turning up as wall decor in the most interesting places. Vanity Fair featured a Keep Calm and Carry On framed poster in Anya Hindmarch's living room. All of our Keep Calm and Carry On items come with a postcard telling the history of Keep Calm posters. We ship same or next business day. Gift wrap is free.

  • See our other British Goods and British gifts too. Although we import many of our Keep Calm items from the UK, we ship them all from the USA.

  • Keep Calm Make Your Own
    Keep Calm and Carry On Tote Bags
    Keep Calm and Carry On Poster
    Keep Calm Make Your Own

    Keep Calm and Carry On Tote Bags

    Keep Calm and Carry On Poster

    Keep Calm and Carry On Throw Pillows
    Keep Calm and Carry On Party Things
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    Keep Calm and Carry On Throw Pillows

    Keep Calm and Carry On Party Things

    Keep Calm and Carry On T-shirt Navy

    Keep Calm and Carry On Cups and Mugs
    Now Panic and Freak Out Mug
    Keep Calm and Carry On Baseball Caps
    Keep Calm and Carry On Cups and Mugs

    Now Panic and Freak Out Mug

    Keep Calm and Carry On Baseball Caps

    Keep Calm and Carry On Apron
    Keep Calm and Carry On Luggage Tags
    Keep Calm and Carry On Toiletries Bag
    Keep Calm and Carry On Apron

    Keep Calm and Carry On Luggage Tags

    Keep Calm and Carry On Toiletries Bag

    Keep Calm and Carry On Poster Framed
    Keep Calm and Carry On Bathroom Robe
    Keep Calm and Carry On Tote Bag Coated Canvas
    Keep Calm and Carry On Poster Framed

    Keep Calm and Carry On Bathroom Robe

    Keep Calm and Carry On Tote Bag Coated Canvas

    Keep Calm and Carry On Candy
    Skyfall Bulldog
    Keep Calm and Carry On Cookies
    Keep Calm and Carry On Candy

    Skyfall Bulldog

    Keep Calm and Carry On Cookies

    Keep Calm Carry On Belts
    Union Jack Flags
    Keep Calm and Carry On Band Aids
    Keep Calm Carry On Belts

    Union Jack Flags

    Keep Calm and Carry On Band Aids

    Keep Calm and Carry On Paper Hand Fans
    Keep Calm and Carry On Blank Book
    Keep Calm and Carry On Kitchen Towel
    Keep Calm and Carry On Paper Hand Fans

    Keep Calm and Carry On Blank Book

    Keep Calm and Carry On Kitchen Towel

    Keep Calm and Carry On Greeting Cards & Pencils
    Keep Calm and Carry On Bumper Stickers & More
    Keep Calm and Carry On Christmas Ornaments
    Keep Calm and Carry On Greeting Cards & Pencils

    Keep Calm and Carry On Bumper Stickers & More

    Keep Calm and Carry On Christmas Ornaments

    Breast Cancer Gifts
    Keep Calm and Carry On Doormats
    Keep Calm and Carry On Golf Balls
    Breast Cancer Gifts

    Keep Calm and Carry On Doormats

    Keep Calm and Carry On Golf Balls

    Keep Calm and Carry On Gelaskins
    Keep Calm and Carry On Cufflinks
    British Style Cufflinks
    Keep Calm and Carry On Gelaskins

    Keep Calm and Carry On Cufflinks

    British Style Cufflinks

    English Decor
    Keep Calm and Carry On Union Jack
    English Decor

    Keep Calm and Carry On Union Jack



    Keep Calm and Carry On History and In the News:

    Britain in WWII

    Keep Calm and Carry On sums up in a nutshell what the British did to get through WWII. Interestingly, Churchill's favorite slogan was not Keep Calm and Carry On. It was "Keep Buggering On." Churchill was known for the long hours he put in. Churchill was in his seventies during the war but his goal was to pack a day and a half's worth of work into a day. He had many secretaries and unlike Roosevelt, Hitler and Stalin who gave orders verbally, Churchill insisted on putting all of his orders in writing.

    Not exactly a WWII poster but very much in the Keep Calm and Carry On vein, a famous sign in shops in London after the war was: WE NEVER CLOSED. Everyone from Churchill to the shopkeepers were proud that they were able to be calm carry on and win the war in spite of the constant bombing in London.
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    New York in WWII

    Lorraine Diehl's book, Over Here, is about New York City in WWII. Diehl talks about the can do spirit of New Yorkers. Besides all the brave men who enlisted, patriotic New Yorkers who remained stateside during WWII pitched in too. Some of the WWII propaganda posters in New York read things like: "Bundles for Britain," "Now is the Time to Aid Britain," "Buy Defense Bonds and Stamps Now." Saks Fifth Avenue sold Victory Bonds on the first floor under a WWII propaganda poster that read "Victory, Now You Can Invest in It."

    In New York, a city of lights, perhaps one of the biggest issues was turning out the lights during scary air raid warnings. In Times Square, fantastic billboards were created with smoke rings coming out of them to make them eyecatching, instead of lights. These efforts show the ingenuity of New York ad men. The billboards were the New York version of British Keep Calm and Carry On posters.
    Keep Calm and Carry On History

    The King's Speech

    The King's Speech does a wonderful job depicting how much the King and Queen were needed for inspiration in British history during WWII. Bertie (aka King George VI) and Elizabeth took the words "Keep Calm and Carry On" to heart and set an example for the people of England. Keep Calm and Carry On posters were designed by the Ministry of War to advise the public to stay calm. But as the movie shows, the Royal Family also heeded the advice. The royal family had marks on their baths to show how far they could fill them in wartime and food was rationed even at the palace.

    You can see an original Keep Calm and Carry On poster in Winston Churchill's rooms at the Imperial War Museum. The recreated WWII rooms are quite interesting and really capture the terror of wartime London with reenactments of Bomb alarms and recordings of broadcasts. No matter how stiff the British upper lip was and even though the royalty and Churchill encouraged everyone to keep calm and carry on, it was a scary period of history.
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    The New York Times Business Section
    Stephanie Clifford wrote an article entitled Calming Signs of Troubled Past Appears in Modern Offices.", about the Keep Calm Carry On poster in executive offices. She mentions the offices of David Lubars chairman and creative officer at BBDO North America; Edward Menicheschi, Vanity Fair publisher; Reto Gregori, Bloomberg News chief of staff; Peter Macey Wired ad sales director; the headquarters of the branding firm Redscout; and the copy department of Business Week. "It looks quiet and sort of stiff-upper-lippey," Mr. Lubars said.

    The Independent
    In a recent UK Independent article about Ben Bradshaw, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, the author visits Bradshaw's office and we learn that: A "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster is Blu-Tacked to the back of his door. See: Ben Bradshaw article at Independent.Co.UK."
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    Ben Bradshaw British Secretary
    of State for Culture.
    The Today Show featured our Keep Calm & Carry On cups and cocktail napkins on their Royal Wedding party watch. After your party, we suggest our absorbent and cheery Keep Calm and Carry On kitchen towels and aprons to help you clean up.keep calm and carry on apron
    Morning Joe The hosts of MSNBC's Morning Joe, Mica and Joe use our bone china Keep Calm and Carry On mugs. We love their empathetic approach to news. Read all about Morning Joe commentary Keep Calm and Carry On at the Village Square. The Huffington Post also blogged about Morning Joe using the Keep Calm slogan.keep calm and carry cups and mugs

    Breast Cancer Awareness

    Decorative Things contributes 20% of sales of its framed and unframed pink Keep Calm and Carry On posters, pink bumper stickers and pink tote bags to The Anne Moore Breast Cancer Research Fund at Weill Cornell Medical College. See our Pink Things section. Keep Calm and Carry On is an inspring message for cancer survivors and their families. Actually it is a kind get well message to offer to many unwell people.
    Keep Calm and Carry On Bumperstickers
    Critical Shopper, New York Times
    The author said: The sales staff during a Barney's show sale, "for the most part, unusually brave and sporting through this blitz, was seemingly guided by an invisible Royal Air Force poster reading: Keep Calm and Carry On." See New York Times Fashion Article .

    Suggested Keep Calm and Carry On Links

    Wikipedia has a Keep Calm and Carry On page.

    Visit our What is Keep Calm and Carry On from page and our Keep Calm Gallery to see our posters, mugs, bumper stickers, t shirts, tote bags, aprons, kitchen towels and more in use.

    July 5th, 2009, The New York Times had an article about remixed messages of the Keep Calm slogan. Our Now Panic and Freak Out mugs are an example.

    The UK Guardian calls the Keep Calm Carry On Poster the "pin up of our age."

    Visit our other site, Keep Calm and Carry On USA.com, a site dedicated to our Keep Calm and Carry On products.

    We're not sure how you found us but we're glad you did! We see people googling all sorts of iterations of the phrase like: be calm and carry on, keep calm carry, and keep calm and carry in. However you found us, welcome!







    Keep Calm and Carry On