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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Salute to the Seventies in Stamps

 Created in 1963 for a life insurance ad campaign, the Smiley face by the mid-'70s sunnily grinned on 50 million buttons, of which this is one. Smiley and its many variations live on these days as emoticons.

This nowadays generic emblem for peace derives from the superimposed semaphore signals for N and D, standing for nuclear disarmament. The letter N in semaphore is formed by a signaler holding two flags in an upside-down V. The D is formed by pointing one flag straight up and other straight down. British designer Gerald Holtom created the symbol in 1958 as the logo for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

 Not too long from now is the 40th anniverary of the first broadcast of All in the Family on January 12, 1971. Archie's chair (and Edith's, too) went to the Smithsonian in 1978. Costly replicas were created for the remainder of the series.
To see another post about this sitcom, visit: Three Humble Historic Houses

This stamp (issued in 1998, as were the three above) pays tribute to the disco decade's bellbottom jeans, platform shoes and Qiana shirts.

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