The Peace Symbol Turns Fifty
by Michael Lieberman
February 21, 2008
It was fifty years ago today that Gerald Holtom designed the logo for
the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. It signaled the beginning of
the British peace movement and the beginning of it's reign as the
global symbol for Peace. It is arguably the healthiest logo ever
created and one of the few A-list logos not of corporate origin.
To commemorate the anniversary Barry Miles has written Peace: Fifty
Years of Protest.
It is about "the story of the creation of the original symbol and of
how it has been used over the past five decades by peace activists
around the world." It "combines the written history of modern popular
protest with a range of fantastic photographs of the diverse ways and
places that the symbol has been used. The book will also include a
number of hand-drawn cards from both prominent figures --musicians,
actors, politicians, artists and businessmen etc."
Essential Works, the company that produced the book, has created a
Happy Birthday Peace website which includes a gallery of contemporary
Peace symbols including some celebrity ones by the likes of Kate
Hudson, Noam Chomsky and Adam Ant