We’ve all seen the Peace Symbol. Did you know that it will be 61 years old on February 21 this year? It was first used by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) on a peace march from Trafalgar Square to Aldermaston in the UK. But that little logo would go on to be forever known as the Hippy Peace Sign: hippies didn’t exist in 1958…
Take a look at the semaphore letters D and N:
When combined, they make the image that we’ve all come to know and love. Nuclear Disarmament was a big deal in the 1960’s, but then the symbol became subsumed as a Hippy (“groovy, man”) shortcut.
Did you ever wonder why?
By the late 60’s, this symbol was everywhere: on VW buses, on tattoos, even on TV shows.
Was the fix in? Did the governments of the USA and the UK decide that if they couldn’t beat them, they’d join them instead? I like to think so. They made it a public joke.
Now everyone thinks ‘hippy’, not ‘nuclear disarmament’.
How’s that for a Mandela Effect?