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PostMore Pre-WWII Swastikas; Salamanca's "Victor" Symbol (Jose Manuel de Prada, Spain, 08/29/17 11:10 am)
Swastikas figured prominently in the cover and title page of all the volumes of Rudyard Kipling's collected works until, I guess, the eve of World War II.
In this case it was, certainly, the Buddhist symbol, as I imagine it was the case for the NAACP magazine.
It is indeed a huge problem when a more or less harmless symbol is given a more sinister meaning by a political movement.
One example in Spain is the Victor / Vitor anagram you can see all over some buildings in Salamanca, referring to people who have successfully defended a doctoral thesis at the University.
It was appropriated by the rebels after they won the Civil War, and many people still think it is a Francoist symbol, while it certainly it is not.
JE comments: The Salamanca "Víctor" sign (below) is so catchy that Franco copied it upon his victory in 1939. A shame, really, as it contaminated a very cool symbol of academic achievement.