Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Nazi's ruin more than a good mustache

Despite the title this is not a political post. Just the side effect of folks you really don't like using things that were kind of cool and thus making them unpopular to down right offensive.

WTF? does this have to do with Detroit?

Well I was walking the other day and since the hood was all cleaned up for the big house and garden tour I noticed these stamps in the sidewalk.

Of course this creeps one out a bit till I realized that it's 1914 and that was before the Nazi existed.

So a little Googling and it turns out that the old Swastika was a very popular symbol in the west.

In fact the it was used all the time. It was a symbol for a car company, state highways in Arizona, a theatre in Sausalito California was named the "Swastika Theater".

Maybe most interesting was the military use.

Original insignia of the 45th Infantry Division (from the American Indian symbol).

The 45th Infantry Division of the United States Army used a yellow swastika on a red background as a unit symbol until the 1930s, when it was switched to a thunderbird. The American Division wore the swastika patch while fighting against Germany in World War I.

The Lafayette Escadrille squadron flew World War I fighters against Germany from 1916 to 1918, first as volunteers under French command and later as a US unit. The official squadron insignia was a Native American with a swastika adorned headdress. Some of the squadron planes also bore a large swastika in addition to the squadron insignia.

Among the Lafayette Escadrille members who were killed in action was Arthur Bluethenthal of Wilmington, North Carolina, who is buried in a Jewish cemetery with a grave marker that includes the squadron insignia, complete with swastika

The U.S. Army 12th Infantry Regiment coat of arms includes a number of historic symbols. A tepee with small, left facing swastikas represents the unit's campaigns in the Indian Wars of the late 19th century. The Regiment fought German forces during World War II, landing on D-Day at Utah Beach, through five European campaigns and received a Presidential Unit Citation for action during the Battle of the Bulge.

There is a lot more but you can check it out here

I was going to post yesterday about how Detroit bait and switched us on the weather, but considering what the mid west has gone through in the last month it doesn't seem like much to gripe about.

So I will leave with some shots of houses that are probably available for not too much in the hood.

This is the one I saw listed for $24,900

The current listings

And this very cool house with a roof deck (and I'm pretty sure not on the market).

And of course a dog in jail.

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