Pre-war Britain, a nation in the shadow of conflict with people expecting the worst, bracing themselves for whatever fate and Mr. Hitler had in store for them. What would the future hold? What would war mean to every man, woman, and child in the land? There was only one thing for it in these troubled times – Keep Calm and Carry On.
How a bookshop owner discovered this original World War II poster in a box of old books bought at auction.
The Dig for Victory! campaign was instigated in Britain as soon as World War II started.
The Keep Calm poster has spawned many imitations. From the humours ‘Panic and Freak Out’ poster
From mugs and cups to pillows and phone covers, you can buy virtually anything with ‘Keep Calm’ on it!
His radio shows played to audiences bigger that the viewing audience of Eastenders, Churchill once described him as being ‘as common as dirt’, and Adolph Hitler had him listed on his notorious Sonderfahndungsliste or Death List. Victor Oliver von Samek was born in Vienna on the 8th August, 1898 to Jewish parents and went on to become Winston Churchill’s son in law.
Propaganda is often thought of in negative terms, although simply put it’s the manipulation of public opinion carried out by using the media to reach as many people as possible and persuading them to be either ‘for’ or ‘against’ something. This makes it an important tool in any war and the Second World War was no exception. In fact in many ways propaganda was at the height of its power during World War II. Propaganda was everywhere – on the radio and newsreels, in papers and magazines, distributed as leaflets, and of course on every street corner in the form of posters. Read more