Friday, August 01, 2008

Peace Symbol Trivia

  • The peace symbol was designed for the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War and adopted as the badge of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in Britain
  • It was completed on February 21, 1958 making 2008 its 50th anniversary
  • It was created by Gerald Holtom
  • The symbol is a combination of the semaphore signals for the letters "N" and "D" which stand for "nuclear disarmament"
  • The peace symbol button was imported into the Uited States in 1960 by Philip Altbach, a freshman at the University of Chicago
  • Altbach was a member of the Student Peace Union and had purchased a bag of the buttons while in England

Now, go forth and amaze your friends with your vast peace-y knowledge.


Lorna said...

I'm impressed with your knowledge of plaid symbols, you leftie.

Laurie said...

Lorna - You are right, I am left.