What's more addicting than pinning all the awesome "Keep Calm" posters cropping up all over Pinterest? Why making your own, of course!
This week, while seeking to satisfy my curiosity about the origin of this ubiquitous and much-parodied poster, I came across www.KeepCalmandCarryOn.com.
|The original version|
Not only did this website confirm what I had figured-- that this poster was a WWII poster, commissioned by the British government as part of the homefront morale-building efforts-- but even more importantly, it has an incredibly addictive Keep Calm and Carry On Creator. Yes, that's right, you can customize your own "Keep Calm" posters-- everything from the text, to the background, and even the little picture at the top! You can then pin the results of your brilliant creativity, or even have it made into anything from a poster to a coffee mug!
Here is a small sample of the ones I made
(Sidebar: Interestingly enough, according to KeepCalmandCarryOn.com, the original "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster was intended only for use in the event of a German invasion of Great Britain. Therefore, it was never seen by the public. It wasn't until 2000 that it was discovered by a UK bookseller, who decided to print copies of it for sale. And, as they say, the rest is history. Now you can find parodied versions of it plastered everywhere, like "Keep Calm and Call Batman"-- or the hilariously flipside version, "Now Panic and Freak Out".
If you want to have as much fun as I did, making half a million of your own "Keep Calm" posters, go here.
If you'd like to follow my "Keep Calm..." Pinterest board and see more of these hilarious posters (and repin them... thereby validating all the hours I've spenting conjuring them up), go here (pretty, pretty please?!?)
If you do end up making some of your own, feel free to share your links in the comment section! I'd love to see your creativity!
(Please note: I have been in no way compensated by, nor am I in any way connected with, the owners of KeepCalmandCarryOn.com. As a matter of fact, I highly doubt they even know I exist! If you ever do see this, though, whoever you are, I sure wouldn't mind a free poster or two! LOL)
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