The Story behind The Peace Symbol...

Heidi fivey

Posted on May 18 2016

Peace symbol abstract collage made from fresh summer flowers. Isolated In Britain scores of small antinuclear tests groups came together in january 1958 to for the Campaign for Nuclear War Disarmament (CND). One of these small groups, the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War, had already planned a march from London to Aldermaston, where the British government developed nuclear weapons. But with the CND getting unprecedented publicity and the whole nuclear debate suddenly becoming high profile, the Aldermaston march took on the appearance of a major mass protest. The organizers asked one of their members , a textile designer named GERALD HOLTOM, to devise banners and signs for the event . Holtom came up with the peace Symbol starting with the British naval semaphore for N and D, standing for nuclear disarmament. Over the years it became a universal logo for peace.

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