Saturday, February 23, 2008

Peace sign turns 50 today!

Developed originally as a symbol for nuclear disarmament by British textile designer Gerald Holtom, the peace sign quickly spread around the world as the global expression of anti-nuclear weapons. By the mid 1960's of course, the wonderful icon that the peace sign represents became the moniker for a generation wanting Peace & Love to replace war and oppression. Painted on the side of VW buses and people's faces, worn as jewelry or on t-shirts, the peace sign will live forever as a symbol of hope for all those who seek world peace. Today more than ever, the peace sign stands for every sane person's desire to strive for peace, rather than to continue waging meaningless wars.

The Hippy Gourmet salutes Gerald Holtom!

"…the peace sign turns fifty years old today. Over the past five decades the peace sign has become one of the world's enduring icons. The original peace sign was developed in 1958 by a British textile designer and conscientious objector named Gerald Holtom. He created the symbol by combining the semaphore letters N and D, for nuclear disarmament. On Feb. 21, 1958 the symbol was accepted by the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War. The symbol soon began to be used in anti-nuclear protests across Britain and then spread across the globe."

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