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    World War II Propaganda (Ministry of Information, 1939). Full-Bleed British Crown (15" X 20") "Keep Calm and Carry On."
    A piece of history turned pop culture craze, this quintessentially British phrase can be found everywhere from internet memes, to T-shirts, and even on tea towels. However, its modern popularity is in high contrast to its contentious beginnings. Printed on the cusp of World War II, this humble crown was originally supposed to take part in a morale campaign led by Britain's Ministry of Information, designed specifically in the event of a direct Nazi attack or invasion. However, many found the first two entries of the series to be patronizing or insulting, and nearly all of the 2.5 million "Keep Calm" posters were pulped down for re-use. Fast forward to today, and a scant few copies remain from the original printing of this wildly popular design. This specific poster comes from a small cache found at a British police station in the Midlands, hidden away in storage from 1939 until its rediscovery in 2005. As it was never used, this piece shows next to no wear, with only a few faint creases, including two light horizontal creases at the top and bottom. Folded, Very Fine/Near Mint.


    Estimate: $6,000 - $12,000.

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