The Peace Symbol was designed by Gerald Holtum, a message designer, in England in 1958 for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. It is the combination of two semaphore letters, N and D for Nuclear Disarmament, surrounded by a circle. It was made for a single protest march in Trafalgar Square but was picked up by the American anti-war movement when Vietnam heated up. Philosopher Bertrand Russell was instrumental in bringing the symbol to the US.

The Peace Symbol was designed by Gerald Holtum, in England in 1958 for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. It is the combination of two semaphore letters, N and D for Nuclear Disarmament, surrounded by a circle.

Decoding the peace logo... February 21, 1958 - Peace Symbol, London (England). Designed by Gerald Holtom [1914-1985] who combined semaphore signals for "N" and "D" (Nuclear Disarmament). Used by the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War (DAC) during its April 4 march from London to Aldermaston. Adopted as its badge by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) in Britain. Now used worldwide.

"Ban the Bomb" - Gerald Holtom's design for Nuclear Disarmament- he used letters from the semaphore - or flag-signalling - alphabet, super-imposing N is Nuclear on D is Disarmament and placing them within a circle symbolizing Earth.

Origins of America's peace symbol: creator Gerald Holtom combined semaphore letters "N" and "D". Which to him, stood for Nuclear and Disarmament. PEACE. A simple yet significant symbol of the times.

A twist on the classic peace sign tattoo, get the two people symbolizing nuclear disarmament, Gerald Holtom

Gerald Herbert Holtom (20 January 1914 – 18 September 1985 British professional designer and artist. In 1958 he designed the logo of the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), which became an international peace symbol

Gerald Herbert Holtom January 1914 – 18 September 1985 British professional designer and artist. In 1958 he designed the logo of the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), which became an international peace symbol

1958: A peace symbol is designed by Gerald Holtom, commissioned by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), in protest against the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment.

the peace symbol, widely used by the hippies in the sixties. Was a major symbol for those folk, which even had a hand gesture associated with it, but like anarchy this design has become more commercial and branded.

peace symbol created 1958 | Gerald Holtom – Holtom invented the peace symbol in 1958.

February In 1958 graphic designer Gerald Holtom created the peace symbol commissioned by Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament to protest the research and building of nuclear weapons.

Peace Symbol SHOWER CURTAIN Peace sign 70s by CustomShowerCurtains, $60.00

Peace Symbol SHOWER CURTAIN Peace sign 70s by CustomShowerCurtains, $60.00

Houses furnishing fabric, designed by Joy Jarvis for Gerald Holtom, UK 1950 - from the V archives

Looks oddly like it was influenced by a stroll through Gamla Stan, 'Houses' fabric, designed by Joy Jarvis for Gerald Holtom. UK, and available as a copy through The Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

The "peace symbol" was designed on February 21, 1958 by Gerald Holtom in England. The symbol is the composite semaphore signal of flags for the letters "N" and "D" standing for Nuclear Disarmament .

The "peace symbol" was designed on February 1958 by Gerald Holtom in England. The symbol is the composite semaphore signal of flags for the letters "N" and "D" standing for Nuclear Disarmament .

Original 1958 Sketches for the Peace Symbol designed by  British artist Gerald Holtom for for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) on the occasion of its first major march  in 1958

See the Original 1958 Sketches for the Peace Symbol / nuclear disarmament symbol by Gerald Holtom

Peace symbol drawn in sand. Peace symbol created by the British artist Gerald Holtom. This symbol was intended for the Direction Action Committee Nuclear War representing 2 letters of the Semaphore letters 'N' and 'D' in a circle. This symbol went public in 1958. As the symbol migrated to the U.S.A it began to be used as the peace sign as we know until today.

The Peace Symbol: Beginnings and Evolution

The peace symbol, the circle with three lines within it, was originally designed in 1958 by British artist Gerald Holtom.

Gerald Holtom, wanted to create a symbol for marchers to carry on banners and signs at a "Ban the Bomb" march planned by the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War (DAC). The event was Britain's first major demonstration against nuclear weapons -- a 52-mile march from London to the town of Aldermaston, home to an A-bomb research center.

Gerald Holtom, wanted to create a symbol for marchers to carry on banners and signs at a "Ban the Bomb" march planned by the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War (DAC). The event was Britain's first major demonstration against nuclear weapons -- a 52-mile march from London to the town of Aldermaston, home to an A-bomb research center.

Gerald Holtom designer britannique. Le 21 février 1958, alors qu'il travaille pour le ministère de l'éducation, il dessine le logo de la Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, représenté "☮", également connu sous le nom de "symbole de la paix".

February 1958 – A peace symbol is designed and completed by Gerald Holtom, commissioned by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, in protest against the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment.

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