Monday, February 1, 2010

The other swastika

"In Europe and North America, the swastika enjoyed rediscovery as a
good luck symbol during the early 1900s. Greeting cards, prints, and
cookie tins from this time commonly sported the symbol, including a
key fob designed with the Coca-Cola logo on its face. Residents of a
town in Ontario, Canada, founded in 1908, chose Swastika for their
town's name (decades later they would successfully resist government
pressure to change the name). US and Finnish Air Force pilots wore
swastikas for good luck from the early days of flight into the 1930s,
and the Order of the White Rose of Finland, a chivalric order founded
in 1919, headed by the President of Finland, used a swastika as its
insignia until 1963. The swastika had purely auspicious connotations
in all of these contexts. "

Usha Alexander posts a fascinating potted history of the swastika in
East and West, particularly the non-Nazi swastika, here: