History of Design: Gerald Holtom – Peace Symbol


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History of Design: Gerald Holtom – Peace Symbol
October 9, 2011Introduction
Gerald Holtom, a peace activist and British citizen, created the peace sign in 1958 as a logo for the United Kingdom’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) (TPF, 2011). Holtom a peacemaker, artist and textile designer, created the peace sign at age 44, on February 21, 1958. The nuclear bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, one decade prior to the creation of the peace sign. While the peace sign was created nuclear testing of weapons continued. The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War (DAC) were the two most vocal groups against weapon testing. These two groups led a 52-mile march from Trafalgar...
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One Can't Look (No se puede mirar), 1863Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746–1828)Etching, burnished lavis, drypoint, and burin
5 11/16 x 8 1/4 in. (14.5 x 21 cm)Rogers Fund and Jacob H. Schiff Bequest, 1922 (
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