Before we begin our next short story, we are going to learn about symbolism. Today we looked at common symbols that have come to mean something other than their original intent. For instance, the peace symbol.
From Peace SymbolHow Did the Peace Symbol Get Invented? The peace symbol is one of the most recognized symbols around the world. Its history begins in Britain, where it was designed by Gerald Holtom on February 21, 1958 to be used as a symbol against nuclear arms. The peace symbol debuted on April 4, 1958 at a Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War rally that marched from London to Aldermaston.
The DesignIn 1958, British artist Gerald Holtom drew a circle with three lines inside, intending the design to be a symbol for the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War (DAC).
The design incorporates a circle with the lines within it representing the simplified positions of two semaphore letters (the system of using flags to send information great distances, such as from ship to ship). The letters "N" and "D" were used to represent "nuclear disarmament." (The "N" is formed by a person holding a flag in each hand and then pointing them toward the ground at a 45 degree angle. The "D" is formed by holding one flag straight down and one straight up.)
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