Peace Symbol Origin

The peace symbol designed by artist Gerald Holtom for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in 1958.
Holtom was inspired by flag semaphore used for communication at sea using signalmen holding flags. Modern semaphore include signals for each letter of the alphabet. Holtom used the signals for “N” (Nuclear) and “D” (Disarmament) and juxtaposed them over a circle to create the modern symbol for peace.