There's a teeny bit of backstory on this photo as I believe it's a teenage picture of Doris's first husband, Sonny's father. I was looking at this going, "Aw, how cute. Look how much he resembles a blonder Donald O'Connor." It was THEN that I noticed the sweater's innocuous pattern is not so innocuous...
|Nazi Party Foul!!!!!!!!|
The [swastika] symbol appeared in many popular, non-political Western designs from the 1880s to the 1920s, with occasional use continuing into the 1930s. Because this was a popular symbol with the Navajo people, the Arizona Department of Transportation marked its state highways with signs featuring a right-facing swastika superimposed on an arrowhead. In 1942, after the United States entered WWII, the department replaced the signs. The swastika's use by the Navajo and other tribes made it a popular symbol for the Southwestern United States. Until the 1930s, blankets, metalwork, and other Southwestern souvenirs were often made with swastikas.
SO! I was right in thinking of this more as a Indian print sweater than an emblem of Nazi Youth enrollment. Still, it is kind of disturbing, right? It's funny how something so simple could be turned so very forever-wrong with the right historical context.
|At least it's an American flag?|
Guys, new plan for what we're doing this beautiful, temperate afternoon. Where's the nearest flagpole? After that, we can cram people in phonebooths and swallow goldfish. It's every vintage-o-phile faddist for themselves! :)
Last but not least, this completely-out-of-place picture was in the bunch. It depicts a soda fountain/eaterie in what I can only guess is the 1920's, like the rest of these pictures:
Things you're missing by this picture not being nearly as big as I would like it to be:
Things I wonder about include: The "Chow Mein" sign, the "Chatterbox" sign, and what's-with-those-mirrored-doors. The effect is so terrifying! Chow Mein came with the Chinese immigrants to California in the mid 1800's, and I remember being surprised to see a Chinese restaurant menu in a girl's commencement annual from 1918 Minnesota (the whole of which is one of my most prized possessions...maybe I'll share it with you someday!), so it was around in major cities throughout the U.S. even that far back. Still! What are the handsome Italian stallion soda jerks you see in the following photo doing serving up Asian fare? Furthermore, what-would-they-know-about-making-it, exactly?
The above close-up is just rife with "I wonders". I wonder if the three guys are brothers and if they're Italian or another similarly dark complected ethnicity. I wonder if all those bottle drinks are Coca-Colas or other contemporary cold drinks! I wonder what color (or multi-colors) the Life Savers display was! I wonder why there's an anchor over this light fixture, what beer is advertised in the washed out ad above the Ale sign, how the ceiling got burned. What is the Chatterbox and why is there no smoking in there? It's 1925, there's smoking everywhere! And what's in that jar on the counter? Oh, the mysteries!
I hope you find some pictures-with-stories-to-tell at your estate and thrift store adventures this weekend. I hope I do, too! What's your favorite old-time fad you would've liked to/would've liked to seen somebody else participate in? What do you think of the possibly Italian guys and their 1920's fine dining joint? Have you seen a swastika in its non-intended-Nazi-party-purpose before? Tell, tell!
Have fun this weekend, and I'll see you guys on Monday!