The Lope: 50 years of the Peace Symbol

Monday, March 24, 2008

50 years of the Peace Symbol

The familiar "peace" symbol is now 50 years old.

I figured it originated in the 60's, as illustrated here a VW mini-bus displayed at the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton, but I just learned it comes from anti-nuclear protests that were carried out in England 50 years ago. Read about in this CBS News story.

The symbol rapidly mainstreamed and is used for pretty much any peace-oriented protest. Here's Ace at the fall festival of Bethel College in Newton, Kansas, where anti-war sentiments were common among the students.

The symbol is supposed to be an "N" and "D" for "nuclear disarmament". For the life of me, I can't dissect the symbol and get that from it.

Anyway, here's Ace modeling the peace symbol in the country of its origin, specifically, on London's "Mod" hangout, Carnaby Street (October '06).


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