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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Peace is 50, it's humble beginnings



2008 marks the 50th anniversary of the peace symbol. The symbol was originally created as an anti nuclear graphical identity for Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament or CDN. The iconic symbol was developed in 1958 by Gerald Holtom, a professional designer and artist in Great Britain and member of the CDN as the badge of the 'direct action against nuclear war'.
The symbol quickly gained popularity in the US when a friend of Martin Luther King began using it in civil rights marches and has since become universally known to represent peace rather than simply nuclear disarmament.

Deliberately never copyrighted, the symbol is still recognized in Great Britain as the logo for nuclear disarmament, but is known worldwide for peace and non-violence. No one has to pay or seek permission before they use it. As a symbol of freedom, it is free for all. This of course sometimes leads to its use, or misuse, in circumstances that CND and the peace movement find distasteful. It is also often exploited for commercial, advertising or general fashion purposes.

This symbol became widely popular in the 1960's. This month we'll be looking at the Mod bohemian fashions from the 1960's and exploring a bit of the culture. Peace baby!

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