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Swastika as a symbol of luck was widely used long before WWII. It was Nazis who made it a taboo. I've made a collection of pictures illustrating pre-WWII uses of Swastika. You may be surprised where and how widely it was used. Let the pictures speak for themselves.


swastika drug company hilter be damned
Swastika Drug Company "Hilter be Damned. This was our sign since 1922."


coca cola lucky watch fob
In 1925 Coca Cola made a lucky watch fob in the shape of a swastika with the slogan, "Drink Coca Cola five cents in bottles." At that time, the Swastika was still a symbol of "Good Luck".

Coca-Cola used the swastika again in 1925 when it introduced a watch fob in that design. The swastika was widely used as a symbol of good luck or good fortune prior to the Second World War.

Old labels of Carlsberg Porter and Calsberg Ny Pilsner.

old carlsberg bottles
Carlsberg used the swastika untill somebody gave it a very different association in the 1930s.

calsberg delivery truck
Calsberg delivery truck, which was photographed in Copenhagen.

Old label of Tsingtao Beer
The Tsingtao Brewery was founded in 1903 by German settlers in Qingdao, China. Since its introduction, Tsingtao Beer has enjoyed impressive sales growth and has always been the number one beer in China.

brand of liquor called swastika whiskey
Brand of liquor called Swastika Whiskey. The liquor was produced by the Paul Jones Distillery of Frankfort KY and the trademark registered with the federal government in the early 1900s. Its slogan was "Pride of the Capital."

Old whiskey bottle, Denver.

postcard with swastika good luck
A postcard produced by the E. Philips Company, an American publisher, emphasized the "good luck" aspect of the swastika. It copyrighted the image in 1907.

american flag in tandem with the swastika
That firm may also have produced the postcard image of the American flag in tandem with the swastika.

american pilots used swastika on their planes
American pilots reportedly used the icon on their planes when they fought for the French in World War One.

45th infantry division swastika
Before the 1930s, members of the 45th Infantry Division of the United States Army proudly wore on their left shoulders an ancient "good luck" symbol, the swastika, in yellow on a square red background.

The swastika symbol was used in the passports of members of the former Soviet Army.

blue swastika on finnish airplanes
Blue swastika on Finnish Airplanes.
The swastikas used by the Finnish Air force from 1918 till 1945 have no connection with the German Nazi-symbols, which were painted in black and used on its sharp side.

krit 5 passenger touring car
It is a very rare 1913 KRIT 5 passenger touring car. The Krit Motor Company was founded in 1909 in Detroit.

motorvagn 15 - all the world loved swastika before wwii
Motorvagn 15 built 1913, Stockholm.

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The birth place of ice hockey was Winston, Nova Scotia, Canada. In the beginning of the 19th century, when the swastika symbol was still know and used for good purposes, a few ice hockey teams called them self the Swastika or used this symbol as there logo.

edmonton swastikas hockey team
Edmonton Swastikas hockey team 1916

windsor swastikas dark outfits
Windsor Swastikas dark outfits 1910

Swastika on "Snow Flake" crackers, Los Angeles, California.

pcb assorted cakes
PCB Assorted Cakes, Los Angeles, California.

good luck canning rings
Good luck canning rings 1915, Boston Woven Hose & Rubber Company.

soviet cash with the swastika adopted
Soviet cash with the swastika adopted.

Swastika Laundry was a venerable institution in Dublin, founded in 1912. It operated from Shelbourne Road in Dublin 4 and remained in business until the late 1960s.

official asea firm logo
Until the year 1933 this was the official logo for the ASEA firm.

general roofing mfg co


Advertisement from November 1911 American Carpenter and Builder’s magazine.
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Posted: 2010-10-22 06:18:54

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  • tacolad - replied 2010-10-22 18:49:41
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    lol - all the world loved swastika before wwii

    i apologize for the racism.... LOL
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    • PopCoreUK - replied 2010-10-23 02:25:30
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      lolocaust win
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    • bufus101 - replied 2011-05-17 15:06:12
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      i love the lolstika
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  • jakematsui - replied 2010-10-22 07:23:14
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    The NAZI swastika is made of two 's' and is tilted to the side and even nowadays the old swastika isn't thought to be associated with Nazism, where I come from anyway.
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  • triclebickle - replied 2010-10-22 18:59:52
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    there was swastika in the courthouse in my hometown lol
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  • Jozzoh - replied 2010-10-23 02:42:52
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    Coca-cola is a Nazi regime anyway. NEW COKE?! I'd go to war over that.
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  • Ruleb - replied 2010-10-23 06:30:22
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    Carlsberg don't do genocides, but if we did...
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  • scidog - replied 2010-10-29 13:42:36
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    North American Indians did use it,i recall a old Life or maybe National Geographic photo of a couple SW Indians painting a sign saying that they would no longer use the swastika in their art while a couple of "suits" looked on.the symbol was also used on the bows of the big cargo canoes in the fur trade days of the Great Lakes
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  • scidog - replied 2010-10-29 13:43:14
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    North American Indians did use it,i recall a old Life or maybe National Geographic photo of a couple SW Indians painting a sign saying that they would no longer use the swastika in their art while a couple of "suits" looked on.the symbol was also used on the bows of the big cargo canoes in the fur trade days of the Great Lakes
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  • juniper - replied 2010-10-29 15:11:43
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    Good post. Japan still uses this as the simple of good luck. You can see it at many shrines and temples. +3
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  • DarkicoN13 - replied 2010-10-29 15:22:47
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    Interesting, good post
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  • kulturetattoo - replied 2010-11-03 10:21:47
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    thanks for putting this up.. I support the reinstatement of one of the worlds oldest and sacred symbol
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  • rorih - replied 2010-11-07 22:51:50
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    The 45 degree rotated swastika was often used, but not the only version in Nazi Germany. In other occasions upright swastika were used as well eg. by the SA: google for the german terms "Hakenkreuz Standarte" for examples.
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  • anonymus - replied 2010-11-20 04:07:06
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    Here is one mistake: "The swastika symbol was used in the passports of members of the former Soviet Army."
    In fact this have no relation with passports. Its an order of front command, describing usage of shoulder insignia for newly established regiment.
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  • anonymus - replied 2010-11-20 04:12:08
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    Sorry for mistake- there is two mistakes: "Soviet cash with the swastika adopted."
    In fact this papers was issued by provisional government. Soviets would newer use imperial eagle.
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  • Dragkyre - replied 2010-11-20 04:31:41
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    half of us still do love the Swastika ;)
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  • Rakella - replied 2010-11-21 02:22:01
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    Swastica is one of the oldest characters in latvian (Latvia) signs, called Thundes Cross. And it was first faund in 3-4th century. Latvian mythology says that it brings luck and protects from bad things. :) I'm wearing one every day, made of silver on the chain for good luck.
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  • CrazyJay - replied 2011-04-02 04:29:21
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    *Windsor Nova Scotia.
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  • MelloGiraffe - replied 2011-04-03 16:41:21
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    My best friend is Indian and has several swastikas in her house, but we still like to tell her it's a Nazi shrine
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  • adduco - replied 2011-08-03 10:07:33
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    http://www.proswastika.org/
    Check out this site for some interesting facts about the swastika.
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  • bojwolb - replied 2013-04-22 11:26:39
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    People have been drawing & using Swastikas, albeit pointed to the right or the left, for thousands of years before the Nazis were even a thought in anybody's head. In fact, it is still drawn & used by many cultures to this day. Namely the Hindu & Buddihist culture. Up until WW2, even the Navajo Indians drew & used it. Us not using & drawing the Swastika is letting the Nazis have control over this sacred & powerful symbol. We need to reclaim it from the Nazi scum.
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  • tbart2010 - replied 2013-04-22 18:14:52
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    "OH MAH GOSH!!! THIS JUST GOES TO SHOW HOW WE ALL ARE CONTROLLED BY THE ILLUMINATI AND BLAH BLAH BLAHBLAHBHAKHBHJKAHJKFD!!!!!"
    *ahem*
    Sorry, that was the idiotic side of argumentation being expressed all over my Facebook feed (in my own words).
    In all seriousness, this is really interesting.
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  • DocSir - replied 2010-10-22 06:57:17
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    Actually the swastika was invented by the germans, the reverse swastika was a sign originally used by north american indians for a sign a peace. See how some of the swastikas are backwards?
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    • RStar - replied 2010-10-23 00:30:32
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      Actually, the earliest consistent use of swastikas was between 6,000-5,000 BC with one being found on an ornament on a Late Paleolithic (10,000 BC) mammoth ivory bird figurine found near Kiev. The word swastika is derived from the Sanskrit word svastika meaning any lucky or auspicious object and the symbol itself has been widely used in Eastern religions like Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. The NAZI swastika is rotated at a 45 degree angle.
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    • johnecash - replied 2010-10-22 07:01:28
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      you got the Indians part correct, just not the north American part.
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      • Curuba - replied 2010-10-22 07:15:33
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        This sign is about 600 years old and was used on pretty much every continent of the world.
        You can find it in many different versions.
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    • louisbullard - replied 2010-10-30 15:48:08
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      Actually the swastika was an ancient Hindu symbol for luck long before the Germans used it.
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