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Peace Sign Earrings cut from Quarters

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Price:
$20.00
SKU:
25.PCE.EAR
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Product Description

I cut a pair of "Peace Symbols" from 2 quarters. The traditional "peace sign" is really a representation of semaphore for "ND" or Nuclear Disarmament. The peace symbol was designed and completed February 21, 1958 by Gerald Holtom, a commercial designer and artist in Britain. He had been commissioned by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament to design a symbol for use at an Easter march to Canterbury Cathedral in protest against the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston in England. The symbol itself is a combination of the semaphore signals for the letters "N" and "D", standing for Nuclear Disarmament. In semaphore the letter "N" is formed by a person holding two flags in an upside-down "V", and the letter "D" is formed by holding one flag pointed straight up and the other pointed straight down. These two signals imposed over each other form the shape of the peace symbol. In the original design the lines widened at the edge of the circle. The peace symbol flag first became known in the United States in late 1958 when Albert Bigelow, a pacifist protester, sailed his small boat outfitted with the CND banner into the vicinity of a nuclear test. The peace symbol button was imported into the United States in 1960 by Philip Altbach, a freshman at the University of Chicago, who traveled to England to meet with British peace groups as a delegate from the Student Peace Union (SPU). Altbach purchased a bag of the “chickentrack” buttons while he was in England, and brought them back to Chicago, where he convinced SPU to reprint the button and adopt it as its symbol. Over the next four years, SPU reproduced and sold thousands of the buttons on college campuses.

  • Standard I finish these with Silver-Electroplated French Earwires secured to a small soldered on atteachment
  • Choose Surgical Steel for sensitive ears
  • Silver Electroplated Clip-Ons are also available for those that dont have piercings

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