( not nearly as ubiquitous as history )

February 2, 2010

yes, my dears. we've all seen this hundreds of times. it's hung in every house tour.
it's been twisted and torqued and otherwise prodded out of recognition.
it's damn near ubiquitous. boo.

but one thing i never understood is why i had seen it from so many different sources. wouldn't that be plagiarism?
enter a little concept called "research."

turns out the original poster was produced in 1939 by the british government. 2.5 million copies were printed, but never distributed. why? the poster was intended as a bandaid for the worst-case-scenario. they were to be distributed if the nazis invaded great britain.

they didn't. the posters were forgotten until 2000 when they were rediscovered in a second-hand bookshop. popularity and overkill ensued.

i love how this bit of history really changes my perspective on this poster. 
i'm still not going to hang it up. but i'm going to think very, very fondly of it.

{and thank you wikipedia, for always being there.}

1 notes:

  1. quite a lot of un- that needs to be the opposite.