I found this postcard in a box of old family records a few years ago, and just stumbled upon it again in my New Year's cleanup:
Yes, that's what you think it is... but it's also not what you think it is. Here's the back:
Many of you will already be aware that the swastika is a very ancient symbol that was appropriated by the Nazis. That had already happened before 1922, when this card was sent, but it was much better known at the time as a charming old "good luck" symbol.
Here are some other examples:
The innocence of the symbol would soon end, in the west anyway. The swastika is still a popular religious and folkloric insignia in Asia. You can even see it on packaged goods at the Chinese grocery store.
But it still freaks me out. It's just a symbol, but it's one that we've been raised to have a visceral reaction to. From health, wealth and happiness to hate, genocide and war. It's amazing that a little cross could carry so much baggage.
Here's to a year ahead with as little evil as possible.