Thursday, February 21, 2008

Peace Symbol 50 years old today

I never knew (until I just noticed in Wikipedia) that the peace symbol is based on the semaphore flag signals for "N"and "D". This is because it was designed for the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. I am staggered that I have always just accepted that it is what it is, and never wondered why. I remember a loopy Christian friend stating dogmatically that it represents a broken crucifix, the peace movement being so anti-christian and all. Even this patent nonsense didn't stimulate me to find out what it really represents.

In fact today is its 50th birthday. It was designed on 21 Feb 1958 by Gerald Holtom. Nice one Gerald. And peace to everyone out there.

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