Bonhams in New York has a World War Two auction tomorrow. As well as a surrender order sent by the surrounded German president to the head of the Luftwaffe and the effects of the Enola Gay’s co-pilot, there’s a great selection of propaganda posters.
These Keep Calm and Carry On will sell for a packet, up to $25,000 – not bad for a poster that was meant to raise spirits after wartime disasters but remained almost entirely unseen during the war, judged rather divisive and patronising, apparently. Most were pulped. It was only when one was discovered in a box of papers in 2000 that it became the marketing phenomenon we know today.
Frankly, the Soviets did it better. I’d much rather have one of these…
Or how about a V1 flying bomb desk model (with cupholder).