WW2 'Keep Calm and Carry On' posters

timfraserbrown's picture

Anyone know the face? Any help appreciated.


(not an original poster, but the type is spot-on i think.)

Its the cap 'R' thats the funny one.

Thank you very much.

pattyfab's picture

I'm going to go out on a limb here but that looks almost hand-drawn to me. But it may be the pixel variations at a small size.

brett jordan's picture

i think it is probably a hand-drawn/signwritten version of Johnston

brett jordan's picture

although the 'R' has more in common with Johnston's more prolific disciple, eric gill's eponymous typeface

Lex Kominek's picture

You must remember that in the olden days of yore it was much easier for a skilled graphic artist to draw this small amount of text by hand than to use type.

- Lex

brett jordan's picture

yep, i still remember enjoying watching the signwriter at the first place i worked... his lettering was virtually indistinguishable from letrasetted type, fluently written with a brush...

timfraserbrown's picture

thanks for the help,

i figured as much. just hoped there was a gill version or similar out there. Its just soooo nice.

in these days of bore its much easier for a (skilled) graphic designer to set this small amount of text by mac than to draw! heehee.

cheers guys.

Richard Hards's picture

I'd mail them and ak, they present as a pretty approachable pair.

Wherever it originated, those glyphs at least must be digital, as they match the site's banner JPG

I see they've got Gill on one of their other posters.

timfraserbrown's picture

thanks richard,
will do.


oldnick's picture

FWIW, the motto on the website noted is ersatz Latin for "don't let the bastards wear you down"...

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