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The Peace Symbol was designed by Gerald Holtum, a message designer, in England in 1958 for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. It is the combination of two semaphore letters, N and D for Nuclear Disarmament, surrounded by a circle. It was made for a single protest march in Trafalgar Square but was picked up by the American anti-war movement when Vietnam heated up. Philosopher Bertrand Russell was instrumental in bringing the symbol to the US.


peace symbol created 1958 | Gerald Holtom – Holtom invented the peace symbol in 1958.

Logos Occultes:"Known as the 'peace sign' throughout the 1960's and into the present day, this symbol is the Teutonic rune of death. 1950's peace advocate Gerald Holtom may have been commissioned by communist sympathiser Bertrand Russell to design a symbol to unite leftist peace marchers in 1958. It is clear that either Holtom or Russell deemed the Teutonic (Neronic) cross as the appropriate symbol for their cause.Throughout the last 2,000 years this symbol has designated hatred of…


PEACE - It started life as the emblem of the British anti-nuclear movement but it has become an international sign for peace, and arguably the most widely used protest symbol in the world. It was designed in 1958 by Gerald Holtom, a professional designer and artist and a graduate of the Royal College of Arts.

The "peace symbol" was designed on February 21, 1958 by Gerald Holtom in England. The symbol is the composite semaphore signal of flags for the letters "N" and "D" standing for Nuclear Disarmament .

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The meaning of the CND symbol

Peace sign, Budapest - logo door Gerald Holtom. The logo is based on the flag semaphore system using the N and D in the circle that symbolizes the earth.

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Houses Canvas by Gerald Holtom/Joy Jarvis

Furnishing fabric by Gerald Holtom and Joy Jarvis, UK 1950 (surfaceview)

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How Did the Peace Symbol Get Invented?

Peace symbol drawn in sand. Peace symbol created by the British artist Gerald Holtom. This symbol was intended for the Direction Action Committee Nuclear War representing 2 letters of the Semaphore letters 'N' and 'D' in a circle. This symbol went public in 1958. As the symbol migrated to the U.S.A it began to be used as the peace sign as we know until today.


February 21, 1958 – A peace symbol is designed and completed by Gerald Holtom, commissioned by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, in protest against the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment.