ATG Quirkies: Now You Can Rest in Peace…the Origin of the Peace Symbol

In this post, Allison C. Meier of Hyperallergic provides a brief history of an iconic symbol with which almost everyone is familiar.

It’s part of her broader report on an exhibition of original sketches for the peace symbol created by British artist Gerald Holtom in the late 1950’s.  His sketches will have a rare public showing entitled People Power: Fighting for Peace in March at the the Imperial War Museum in London.

The symbol was designed for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) on the occasion of its first major march in 1958 and was adopted by the antiwar movement in the 1960’s and continues to be used to this day by protest movements worldwide. 

(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)

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