Reproductions of the Keep Calm and Carry On posters have been on the market and quite popular for the last year or two. Here is my own version for the shop!
The original poster was produced by the British government in 1939 to help raise morale under the threat of invasion at the start of World War II. The Keep Calm message was one image in a series, all with similar messages; the posters were never used. In 2000, the poster was rediscovered and since this government image is now copyright free, it's been re-issued by a number of private companies. There are only two known surviving examples of the poster outside of government archives.
Maybe it's because there is a royal wedding around the corner, but my interest in icons from across the pond has recently been rekindled. We still see a lot of customers looking for Parisian accents and items with a British flair for their homes. When I was at the shop today, I decided to snap a few photos of two of my favorite icons --- crowns and the fleur de lis. Enjoy!
Items and pictures featured (l to r): 1) crown pillow (vnk), 2) crown & fleur de lis hooks (jdh), 3) mini tea set (sm), 4) concrete remnant with fleur de lis (cns), 5) Union Jack dresser (msi), 6) British phone booth photo (poster revolution), 7) iron crown (vnk), 8) crown sconce (vnk), 9) Norton cycling sign (poster revolution), 10) fleur de lis bird bath (cns).
Keep Calm poster history information courtesy of BBC News.