In think the first time I saw the classic “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster was in 2005 or 2006. A coworker had it hanging on her wall. Because she was also one of the busiest people around, it made sense. But the classic and very British elegance also resonated for me as it apparently has for millions.

This short video outlines the strange history of the poster — a true World War II relic almost lost forever.

Happy Friday. Keep calm, and carry on.

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Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson is the CEO of RedLink and RedLink Network, a past-President of SSP, and the founder of the Scholarly Kitchen. He has worked as Publisher at AAAS/Science, CEO/Publisher of JBJS, Inc., a publishing executive at the Massachusetts Medical Society, Publishing Director of the New England Journal of Medicine, and Director of Medical Journals at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Opinions on social media or blogs are his own.


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As an aside, this is one of the best second-hand book shops I have visited (and I have been to lots- I love Hay on Wye). I saw the poster and admired it, probably not long after it went up, and have been amazed at how it has subsequently taken off.

BTW Just in case you wondered- I have no ties/commercial links with them, I am just someone who shops/browses there whenever I pass by.

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