Just once in a while, I buy an old book or pamphlet because of its cover, or a handbill used as a bookmark, something like that.
This week, I bought an item because of the promotional stamps stuck on it. A whole medley of CND-related stamps, as you can see.
The larger stamps were issued to promote the Aldermaston march of Easter 1962. The first march - to Aldermaston, a Berkshire village which was the location of the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment - was at Easter 1958. For the next five years, there were large Easter peaces marches from Aldermaston to London.
These were attached to a copy of Nicolas Walter's 1963 pamphlet Non-Violent Resistance: men against war, an essay that first appeared in the monthly Anarchy the previous year. I picked it up for a fiver at the Freedom Bookshop off Whitechapel High Street.
Gerald Holtom designed the now world-renowned nuclear disarmament logo for the first Aldermaston march. It's based on the semaphore signals for 'N' and 'D'.
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