A Voice out of History “Keep Calm and Carry On”

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I think it is rather curious how a phrase gathers momentum and becomes popular. One of these sayings is, “Keep Calm Carry On”. It would not be surprising to hear this from a chap in England, but how does this line, “carry on” across the country and become a critical mass?  The original origin of  “Keep Calm and Carry On”  was the third British propaganda poster commissioned by the British Government in 1939 during World War Two, the first two designs looked like this:

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The Original British Government Posters

They used the crown of King George IV as the only graphic device and only two colors. The final designs were to be uniform in style and used a Special & Handsome typeface making it difficult for the enemy to conterfit. The third poster was never officially used, “Keep Calm and Carry On”, was held in reserve and only to be used in crisis or invasion, and remained unseen by the public .

The poster was discovered 50 years later in a second hand bookstore called Barter Books Ltd, in Northumberland, England. Opened in 1991 by Mary and Stuart Madley. The  bookstore was originally an old Victorian railway station. It was in the year 2000, that Stuart found the poster in a pair of dusty old books sold at auction. Mary liked it so much she had it framed and sold copies in their store.

“The design has become simple and timeless and commonly recognizable. Like a voice out of history, it inspires confidence in others during difficult times.”

This post is dedicated to my father, John Tomson, who served in the Royal Air Corp as a pilot during World War I and II, in London England.

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http://www.barterbooks.co.uk/

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g504032-d663300-Reviews-Barter_Books-Alnwick_Northumberland_England.html

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I am from Los Angeles and now live in Nashville. Here is a wonderful wallpaper company named Abnormals Anonymous based in Los Angeles, the two owners met in a Nashville hotel elevator, perhaps The Hutton Hotel, and discovered their common passion for wallpaper design and fell in love. They are now a happily married couple living in Venice, California. My mother, a talented artist and chorus line dancer designed wallpaper during World War II in London, England.

To maintain anonymity they call themsleves Henrietta and Paco. It makes me wish they would open a restaurant by that name. “I just had a marvelous squid salad with baratta and tomatoes at our local restaurant called Henrietta and Paco.”

Their story can’t get any better than this, except it does, they create beautiful, quirky wallpaper inspired by their nautical adventures in a part time Seattle home. A local fisherman based in Los Angeles finds the couple old etchings, which they enlarge for wallpaper. The wallpaper has fun names like “meet the flockers”, “squindle” and “mimso”.

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These beautiful papers are designed and printed in Los Angeles. Henrietta and Paco use eco friendly, VOC free inks on all of their papers and can print on a variety of materials including paper, mylar, type II vinyl, textured papers and even a new recycled material great for earning LEED points.

If you want to experience a good night’s sleep with this wallpaper surrounding you, go treat yourself to a stay at the new Palihouse Santa Monica. Avi Brosh bought this landmark 1927 Morrish Revival apartment-hotel near the Third Street Promenade.

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Palihouse Santa Monica, 1001 Third St., Santa Monica; 310-394-1279 or palihousesantamonica.com

Read more: http://www.purewow.com/entry_detail/la/6133/Charming-Palihouse-Santa-Monica-opens.htm#ixzz2YlkHhzET

http://www.lonny.com/magazine/October+2012/YDYwrWzwkf5/12

http://abnormalsanonymous.com/about/

http://www.palihousesantamonica.com