6 October 2011

Thimble 73 - The Peace Sign

The "Peace Sign"has a very interesting story behind it. It was designed by an artist named Gerald Holtom, in 1958. He made it for a march in London, against Nuclear Weapon Research. So what is the symbol? It's two letters of the alphabet, in semaphore:




Nuclear Disarmament

Holtom superimposed the two shapes and then tidied them up by putting them in a circle. The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) adapted Holtom's designs to make it into a lapel badge.


  1. Is there any chance that I can use the above peace graphic on a t-shirt for my County girl Scouts? I will be adding text to it for our county. I am not one to steal graphics without giving proper credit. And I don't know if this is copyrighted or available for us to use. I love it!

  2. Hi nooffbutton

    The photos I use on my blogs are either my own or from free share places. I found this symbol here: http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/692424

    the email for the photographer is here:


    :-) Hope that helps.


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