|The front of a postcard mailed from New York |
to Connecticut in 1910.
“The first appearance of the swastika was apparently in the Orient, precisely in what country it is impossible to say, but probably in Central and Southeastern Asia among the forerunners or predecessors of the [Hindus of India and Nepal] and Buddhists,” wrote Thomas Wilson, curator of the U.S. National Museum, in his 1896 book titled The Swastika: The Earliest Known Symbol, and Its Migration; with Observations on the Migration of Certain Industries in Prehistoric Times (free Kindle edition or free Google Books edition).
|Swastikas adorn pottery, dating |
to about 780 B.C., from Greece.
|Swastikas embedded in the design |
of a weight used in Ghana
to determine gold amounts.
|Swastikas on uniforms of the basketball team|
from the Chilocco Indian Agricultural School,
Oklahoma, in 1909.
“Regardless of its context, I still cringe every time I see the mark, yet I’m continually drawn to it – perhaps in the same way that others have been drawn to it over the millenia,” writes Steven Heller, a long-time art director at the New York Times, in his 2008 book The Swastika: Symbol Beyond Redemption?Food for thought.