Keep Calm and Carry On

Wikipedia provides a good introduction to the original World War II Era Keep Calm and Carry on poster (not pictured):

“Keep Calm and Carry On was a propaganda poster produced by the Government of the United Kingdom in 1939 during the beginning of the Second World War, intended to raise the morale of the British public in the event of a Nazi invasion of Britain.”

At the time, invasion looked imminent and unescapable as Nazi Germany had already swept through Europe. When the expected invasion came, it would be important that the people of the United Kingdom not panic and continue to behave productively, or more poetically, that they “keep calm and carry on.” The idea was that the posters would be publicly posted after the invasion started. The invasion never came, and thus the posters were long forgotten until one was rediscovered in a used book store. I’ve liked the poster ever since I read about it at the Barter Books website and ordered two reproductions.

The original poster has a symbolic representation of the crown of the queen of England. I’ve substituted a crown of thorns for our purposes as a reminder that our King is the King of Kings, who rose on the third day as the first fruits of God’s new creation and thus we have every reason to “keep calm and carry on.”

For promotional purposes, we’re having some T-shirts made with the altered poster design on the back and the church logo on the front (pocket sized). More information to follow.