Saturday, June 12, 2010
SWASTIKA Good Luck Antique Postcards
The swastika was a good luck symbol long before the Nazis adopted it for use as a symbol of fascism. Victorian postcards often include swastikas as messages of good luck. In this post, we take a look at some examples of postcard Good Luck Swastikas. All the postcards in this post date from about 1908-1918.
The poetry on the above postcard introduces us to the "ancient cross" as a symbol of "fortune's reign" and sends the recipient blessings. This postcard has a golden swastika on top of a four-leaf clover, another long-established symbol of good luck that we often see on antique postcards.
This pretty lady is surrounded by a border of golden swastikas on a birthday postcard with fancy lettering and - again - green four-leaf clovers. The artwork is signed HBG for the artist H.B. Griggs.
A New Year's card combines the swastika with holly berries and leaves, plus a snowy country scene to create a holiday image - Sent in all Sincerity - where the swastika stands for good luck without the greeting referring to the symbolism. On the right are three birthday greetings from a pretty floral set, flowers bursting out of envelopes, enhanced with a golden border that has a swastika in each corner. Rich embossing on this set, plus vivid colors, make the cards eye-catching. Below is an enlargement of one of the cards in this bright birthday set.
Victorian greeting postcards that feature clasped hands indicate affection, as shown here with his-and-hers hands connected above golden textured hearts with forget-me-not borders. Red swastikas at the top corners add another bright visual touch. This card has rich embossing. Below we have another greeting postcard with a large swastika - from a set that has a candy-colored border, golden edge and scrolls on big bouquets of flowers. This card also benefits from strong embossing.
We close with a special swastika postcard where the image is surrounded by other positive symbols - a diamond inside a horseshoe at the top, hearts pierced together in Love, the earth representing Life, and a sunrise for Light. This special card gives us a good look at how the swastika was used by the Victorian postcard designers to send good wishes across the miles.
Price estimates: The pretty floral birthday cards must have been very popular because there are a lot of them available, so they are not expensive. Other swastika cards vary from a few dollars to $10 or $12 depending on rarity. The last card shown in this post is more difficult to find and can cost accordingly. These prices are only estimates and they are for postcards in excellent condition.