Always good to see poster collections being digitised:
The U.S. government produced thousands of posters during World Wars I and II, urging citizens to buy war bonds, ration food, grow victory gardens, limit travel and avoid loose talk.
Now roughly 520 of those posters are available online, through Washington State University’s newPropaganda Poster Digital Collection.
A leading critic of government higher education policy has launched a stinging attack on the University of Oxford, accusing it of being disingenuous in its arguments in favour of the humanities.
Stefan Collini, professor of English literature and intellectual history at the University of Cambridge, attacked an Oxford report released in July showing that from 1960 to 1989, its humanities graduates had shifted from teaching to careers in finance, law and the media.
Such alumni had therefore “proven highly responsive to national economic needs”, argues Humanities Graduates and the British Economy: The Hidden Impact.
Professor Collini, speaking more generally about how the academy should put forward non-economic arguments in support of universities, quoted from the study and called it a “saddening illustration of how not to do it”, although he did not mention Oxford by name.
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And this week, with the team’s injury problems getting so bad that McCarthy seems to be getting unexpectedly bad news every few hours, he believes Keep Calm and Carry On fits his team to a T. He even had the background for the poster, which was part of a series of propaganda posters the British government … well, let’s let McCarthy show off.
“You historians (will) probably appreciate that,” McCarthy said during his post-practice press conference after sharing the theme with reporters. “In 1939 (the poster was) issued by the British government right before World War II in anticipation of the bombing of the major cities. So, that’s what we’re talking about.”
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TweetCommunique No. 8: In China, communist propaganda has gone underground.In fact, the only place you can see idealized posters of Mao and his cadres of heroic workers building utopian communities is in a basement level museum tucked away in a nondescript apartment building in downtown Shanghai.The Propaganda Poster Museum is the private project of Yang Pei Ming, who supports this labor of love by selling admission tickets and gifts in this subterranean enclave of political nostalgia. If you leave your change, Yang will find you and return it.
If the latest traveling exhibition at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center feels a bit different than others, that’s by design.
Design, in fact, is an operative word for “Keep Calm and Carry On: Textiles on the Home Front in WWII Britain” – design of period clothing, beautifully-stitched patriotic scarves, home furnishings and more.
While the idea of bringing this exhibit to the museum initially raised eyebrows — some wondered whether it was the right fit for the museum — don’t make the mistake of casting “Keep Calm” as a mere fashion show or furniture display.
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Hmmm, a new exhibition highlights the British experience of the Second World War by leading with the Keep Calm and Carry On poster… I really hope they also highlight that it wasn’t used:
An import from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, “Keep Calm and Carry On” showcases the ingenuity and defiance of the British on the homefront during the London Blitz. Of particular interest are colorful “propaganda” scarves designed by Jacqmar scattered throughout the show. In addition to covering up hair that suffered from shampoo rationing, the scarves also promoted a variety of patriotic messages in cunning ways. A pink scarf emblazoned with black script reading “Switch off that light, darling,” might read as a seductive come-on, but it also reinforced the importance of following blackout rules.
Interested that the following project is being sold as the first history of the Ministry of Information (although it does say first official history), as Ian McLaine’s book offers a pretty decent history, then built on by James Chapman re: films, and then of course, my brain is finally working on a book proposal from my PhD…
A major research project will investigate Britain’s wartime Ministry of Information – inspiration for the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four – in the very building where the department was once housed.
“The ministry introduced something new to British society – the idea of an arm of government with the power to control information,” said principal investigator Simon Eliot, professor of the history of the book at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study.
Operational from 1939 to 1946, it funded composers, a film unit, touring exhibitions and loudspeaker vans, while churning out a plethora of posters and pamphlets, and arranging transport for the distribution of material in other countries.
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Do the subverted images of Keep Calm make any sense?
I’ve seen cheerleaders wearing shirts that read “Keep Calm and Cheer On.” What? Isn’t cheering the opposite of keeping calm? Isn’t that kind of the point of cheerleading? The purpose of a cheerleader is to excite the crowd into shouting, clapping their hands and jumping up and down to express their desire for their team to succeed. I would imagine that a cheerleader who followed the instruction “keep calm” would probably be cut from the squad.
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I’m always interested in ‘advertising’ that is not to sell a product, but has to sell an idea/concept, as they did in the war. An amazing collection of 25 advertisements by not-for-profit organisations who wanted to step up to the plate and be noticed amongst quality modern advertising… and this one particularly drew my attention:Tweet
Who knew that New Yorker’s were so inspired by the ‘footy’, although of course the story of Keep Calm ran there in 2009: