Monday, July 30, 2018

History of the peace symbol

Credit: Eric Thayer/Getty Images North America

The internationally recognized peace symbol, designed by British artist Gerald Holtom in 1958, is an ordinary thing done extraordinarily well. It is meant to represent the letters "N" and "D" -- standing for "nuclear disarmament" -- as they appear in the semaphore alphabet, which is used by sailors to communicate from a distance with flags.

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