Postcard Peace Sign

Postcard with peace sign.

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The peace sign consists of two semaphore signs. Flag semaphore is a visual signalling system in which the flags are held in different positions representing the letter of the alphabet. This system has been used in the maritim world since the 1800s.

Artist Gerals Holtom used the semaphore signs representing N for Nuclear and D for Disarment, and combined then inside a circle. The citcle represents the earth.

The peace sign has never been registrered as a trademark. Today, it is a symbol of freedom, and can be used freely of anyone. The peace movement, led by several Peace Prize laureates such as the International Committee of the Red Cross and IAEA, continues to fight for a world that is free from nuclear weapons.

During the cold war in the 1900s, nuclear weapons where being placed in many countries in Europe. This aroused widespread popular protest. In the UK, a committee for direct actions against nuclear war (DAC) was reformed. The DAC were inspired by Gandhi and his non-violent approach to civil disobedience. One of the first things the the organization did was organize a march.

Artist Gerald Holtom was assigned the ytask of creating the visuals for the march, for the banners and signs. Holtom wanted to create a recognizable sign showing everyone that had a joint responsability to remove the threat of nuclear weapons.

The symbol quickly began to represent the Campaigne for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and in the 1960 it became truly famous all over the world when an american student named Philip Altbach persuaded the student peace Union to use it all ovcer the world. It became a very popular symbol, and by the end of the 1960s, it had became an universal symbol of peace, frequently used by protesters.

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