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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

More postcards and a Good thing made Bad.

Here are more 1910 era postcards to bore you, but since I have them scanned, I may as well share them with you.  The last one surprised me and I learned something from it.  I should have known, but just never thought about it.  But first, how about a humorous one:

And here is another one from that little town of Foxburg.  It feels like the glitter on it is cut class.  Very sharp:

This next one is from a guy who is telling the recipient of the card that he works in the building under the “X”.  Dang, there must have been pictures for postcard pictures taken of every building, bridge, and scene.

And how about an old railroad station?  I have never heard of the P.F.W. & C.R.R. railroad, have you?

OK, now for the good thing made bad.  Isn’t it amazing how someone or some organization or some country can take a symbol that throughout history had meant something totally different and turn it into something totally different?  This next postcard was post marked 1910 and it held a completely different meaning than what it does today.  Take a look at the front of the post card and then below it read what it says about the symbol on the back of the post card:

And on the back:

Well, I learned something about that symbol.  It is terrible that a symbol that stood for Luck, Light, Love, and Life was turned into such a bad sign!!  Of course, maybe I was the only one who didn’t know what it really meant.  How about you?

(Don't forget, you can click on any picture to enlarge it)


  1. I had heard some of those about the Swastika. I heard from a real American Indian that one of the tribes used it as a good luck symbol, BUT it was drawn backwards from what the Germans used.

    Another informative post today as usual. :-)

  2. Great post Dizzy,no I didnt know about the swastika,I think it's sad that good was used for bad. Blessings jane

  3. Time changes everything ,that was a gay time!

  4. I think I had heard also that the American Indians used it. It has been around for millenia, and to my knowledge there was nothing bad about it until Hitler used it as his symbol.

  5. History can be so amazing! I find out something new everyday!

    If I had studied as much in school as I do now...I would have sure made better grades!

  6. I did know the swastika had an origin long before the Nazi part adopted it. However, a symbol's power is only it the meaning it has to it's observers, and that has forever been changed to a sign of hate.

    I'm not terribly worried through, there are many other good ones.

  7. Ben, thanks for the comment. The early natives probably started it thousands of years ago.

    Jane, thanks and it is too bad that one person had enough evil in him to change a symbol that had been used for good for many years.

    Ted, yep, time changes almost everything.

    Gypsy, you are correct. See my comment to Jane above.

    Hermit, I know what you mean about learning more now than when in school. We are all guilty of that but as we age we want to know everything. And a day gone by without learning something new is a wasted day.

    Grant, you are correct, but I still cringe when I see that symbol, even knowing it was not the symbol that spewed out all that hate.

  8. In High School I had to write a story about an inanimate object from WWII. I chose the Swastika. It was an interesting way to learn about it. Great postcard!

  9. Scuba, I never studied it and never knew until I saw this postcard. Better late than never.

  10. Glad u posted that Dizzy. After all , words are just words , and symbols symbols. its only the actions behind them that matter. One moment swastika is a good one, but obviously not good enough. The next moment , some turd by the name of Hitler decides to let it represent his ideas instead.

  11. Nick, glad you agreed with my post. You are absolutely correct that people put meaning to words and symbols.