The Lucky Swastika

“Following a brief surge of popularity in Western culture, the swastika from the 1930s became strongly associated with its iconic usage by Nazi Germany, and it has hence become stigmatized and to some extent taboo in the Western world; it has notably been outlawed in Germany if used as a symbol of Nazism.”

- Wikipedia

12 comments to The Lucky Swastika

  • Stevyn Colgan

    Did you know that there’s a swastiki painted on the inside of the nosecone of Charles Lindbergh’s ‘Spirit of st Louis’?

  • jufjo

    You find them everywhere.
    But amazed to see one on a 1960s laundry van!

  • Donald Lush

    Oh the Swastika laundry! What memories that brings from my childhood in Dublin where it used to collect our laundry in one of those vans every week.

  • Spaghetti Hoop

    It was an ancient Indian religious symbol I believe. Here it appears as a Halloween costume;

  • Dan H

    You find it used in its original form (clockwise) in a lot of buddhist temples, especially in Korea… Sign of auspiciousness and prosperity.

  • Karina

    Before Hitler got his filthy hands on it, it had been a sign of peace for over 5,000 years.

  • CharlesH.

    “Hitler be damned - This is our sign since 1922″
    Love that slogan…And that Ontario town still has the name!

  • Noni

    Is that Jim Thorpe in Photo #19?

  • Diego

    Italian football team ACF Fiorentina’s 1992/93 away shirt looked like this:
    It was soon withdrawn. Can you guess why?

  • Daniel Latinus

    When I was a kid in the 1970s, I attended the Stand Rock Indian Ceremonial near the Wisconsin Dells. A number of the Native American dancers had swastikas worked into their costumes. The MC explained that these symbols were traditional to the various tribes.

    Towards the end of the 19th century, there used to be the Swastika Coal Company in Raton, New Mexico. Their railroad cars had a swastika painted on the side. This company had a building with small medallions on it emblazoned with swastikas.

    The building was still standing, and the swastikas still visible, in the 1980s. I haven’t been in Raton since then, so I don’t know if the building still exists, or has been altered.

    A photo of the railroad car can be found in Ghost Railroads of New Mexico.

  • krak

    this symbol can be found in many cultures, espacially in asia and its 6.000 years old!

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