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.
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The famous keep calm and carry on poster is at the centre of a legal battle. The poster designed by the British government in 1939 has been granted copyrighted in the European Union to Mr Mark Coop. A previous application by Mr Coop was rejected in the UK courts on the grounds that Crown copyright expires after 50 years and the poster had already been in the public domain for sometime. Read more
The ‘Rosie’ phenomenon came about after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour in 1941 and the Americans entered into WW2. The Government realised the only way to replace the fighting men was to recruit as many women as possible. Government sources issued continual appeals with ads and articles in magazines and papers to get women into work previously done by men. More than six million women helped build planes, bombs, tanks and other weapons that would help to win WW2.
Back in the year 2000, one of the owners of Barter Books, Stuart Manley, was going rifling through a box of books he had just bought at auction. Stuart recalled how “There were about 30 books in the first box I opened – most were pretty poor and ended up in the recycling. But as I got towards the bottom of the box, I noticed a big folded piece of paper. I pulled it out and found a lovely red poster, reading “Keep Calm and Carry On”. It had a really nice feeling about it. That evening, I took it home to Mary; she loved it too and thought we should have it framed and hung on the wall of our bookshop.”