Some popular variations of the "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster include "Now Panic and Freak Out," "Keep Calm and Call Batman," "Keep Calm and Carrion," and "Keep Quiet and Continue Working." Other variations include "Keep Calm and Fake a British Accent" and "Change Words and Be Hilarious." |
The British Ministry of Information created the original "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster in 1939 as a part of a series designed for the purpose of maintaining morale during World War II. The posters were hung in public places such as shop windows and notice boards.
The "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster was never actually part of the campaign, as the Ministry had intended to use it only if Germany had invaded Great Britain. The government destroyed many of these posters at the end of the war. However, in 2000, a bookseller discovered a copy of the poster after he purchased some old books at an auction. He had copies made and began selling them. The popularity of the poster began to spawn parodies in 2008, which later inspired mugs, T-shirts and other items.
Additional variations of the poster include "Keep Calm and Drink Tea," "Keep Calm and Cary Grant," and "Keep Calm and Rock On."