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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 07-02-1999 12:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Ben Randolph received this photo with a swastika from a client. The swastika is The Stieff Company's date letter mark for 1928.

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iconnumber posted 07-23-2007 10:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do others have examples to share?

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iconnumber posted 08-09-2007 12:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for argentum1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those not familiar with this symbol. The swastika has been used by different cultures for thousands of years and generally had a 'good' connotation. It took nazi germany just a few years to give that symbol a very bad reputation. In other cultures the arms were sometimes bent in the opposite direction and most often were in an upright position. Most generally the nazi swastika was shown on a white field and was slanted. The American indians used this symbol long before AH gave it a bad name.

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While this is digressing further from the topic, "Swastika" jewelry was very popular in the early 20th century as good luck symbols, along with shamrocks and horseshoes. In 1940 the Navajo Indians formally foreswore the use of the symbol because of Nazi appropriation. The Newark Museum has an amazing, large Navajo rug just covered with swastikas, made in about 1920.

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