Real origin of the peace sign

To the Editor:

Rachel Laurn, in her letter of March 6, is mistaken in her remark about the ‘supposed peace sign.’ In fact, antiquity has nothing to do with the origin of the popular peace symbol. It was designed in 1958 by a British artist, Gerald Holtom, for a protest against atomic weapons at Aldermaston, England. The symbol is a combination of semaphore signals; N and D, standing for ‘nuclear disarmament.’ It has of course come to be used more widely since then, and there is no reason at all to ‘stay far away from it.’

Eric Eckerberg