See this cute little bookmark? I have one. I use it. It holds my place, exactly like it should and it makes me smile, plus it's way cuter than a raggedy piece of paper torn from one of Indy's worksheets (or a piece of toilet paper which I have used on occasion. Don't judge me). I give it 5 stars. For those who may not know, it is based on posters commissioned by the British Government during WWII. This poster was the 3rd in a series of three motivational posters designed by the Ministry of Information. The first 2 posters (Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring Us Victory and Freedom Is In Peril) were widely produced and placed on public transport, shop windows and notice boards all across Britain.Two and half million copies were printed in August of 1939 and were to distributed in the event of a Nazi invasion. It is believed most of the posters were destroyed after the war, except for those in the National Archives and the Imperial War Museum, and a few that ended up on various office walls. An original was rediscovered in 2000 in a second hand bookstore. The Crown Copyright expires after 50 years, and the image became public domain. Since it's rediscovery it has become incredibly popular and inspired an entire line of products, including my cute little bookmark. What's the point in all this? Aside from a mini history lesson (you're welcome), I have a gripe. I know, you're incredibly shocked aren't you? MIHH? Griping? NO! It does happen, gentle reader, but fear not. Or, should I say, Keep Calm and Carry On?
On the back of the bookmark is, get this, a warning. War-ning. On a bookmark. Scroll back up and look at the bookmark. I'll wait. You get a good look? Okay. Here's the text: WARNING: Includes small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Are you kidding? Yes, I get that the bead is likely a choking hazard, but haven't we gone a little far with this CYA mentality? Are we so litigious these days that even bookmarks have to carry warnings? Europeans don't have warnings on everything in case some
Wow, I feel so much better, getting that out. If you stuck with me through the whole thing, thanks. You're awesome. Obviously. And, if you'd like to get your very own Keep Calm bookmark (and why wouldn't you for $2.95?) you can find one here:
Or, If you like, you too, can get your very own reproduction poster. Tell me we don't all need to look at this daily.
Keep Calm and Carry On.