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Swastika good luck coins of american recreation industry
Posted By Sarin on Dec 22, 2013     RSS Feeds     Latest Hinduism news
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Swastika is a 10000+ year old sacred symbol that had been used as a good luck symbols by Hindu, Buddhists, Native American and other cultures before its true meaning was corrupted by the cruel deeds of Nazis. Swastika good luck symbols were not widely used as a brand name but were also imprinted on buildings, products, doors, temples, churches etc.  
In preceding articles, we saw the use of swastika good luck coins in American clothing and manufacturing industry. In this article, we will see the use of swastika as a good luck symbol in 100 year old coins of American recreation companies/organizations.

Swastika coin of M. A. Donohue & Company
Established in 1871 at Chicago city of Illinois state, M. A. Donohue & Company with offices in chicago and new york was the leading publisher of many children books till the first half of the twentieeth century. Pic of donohue office can be seen in the below link
Swastika good luck coins of american recreation industry
Below is the swastika coin of M. A. Donohue & Company that says �You will always be lucky trading at Donohue”. Rest of the coin is similar to any other swastika good luck coins. It has a big swastika with leaf clover, wishbone, horseshoe and runic symbols at its four quadrants. On the other side of the coin is the company name with its face value (50 cents).

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Swastika coin of Freeman's Radio Shop
No one buys radio today but those were the days when radio was the only mode of entertainment. Founded in Allentown of Pennsylvania state, Freeman Radio Shop was the best shop in allentown to buy or repair radios. Below is the swastika coin of Freeman's Radio Shop with the motto “We guarantee to save you on every purchase” and good luck wishes. Front side of the coin is engraved with company name and full address.
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Swastika coins of Averill Manufacturing Company
Founded at New York City, Averill Manufacturing Company operated its company by several names, chiefly Paul Averill, Georgene Novelties and Madame Georgene. It was a family business started by “James Paul" and his wife “Georgene Averill”.  Soon she was supported by her brother “Rudolph A. Hopf” and daughter “Maxine Averill”. They produced wide variety of simple, electronic and talking dolls. In October 1922, Averill Manufacturing Company was shut down when its factory was destroyed in fire. Below are the swastika coins of the Averill Manufacturing Company under the name “Madame Hendren”. One of their doll models is shown on the front side of the coin and the back side of the coin is decorated by left facing or right facing swastika with other good luck symbols.
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Swastika coin of orpheum dance palace
Founded in 1917 at 1551 Broadway, New York City, orpheum dance palace was once the most famous “dime-a-dance” hall widely known for its whores and prostitutes. Dancer services in a luxurious hotel room for one night was priced between 100$-500$. After the government crackdown on drug dealers and frequent raids to stop increasing crimes in the city, this palace was closed in 1964 after 47 years of business. Below is the swastika coin of Orpheum dance palace that reads the full address on the front side and swastika with good luck wishes on the reverse side.
Swastika good luck coins of american recreation industry
Swastika coin of Northside Natatorium
Preciously located at Chicago and currently situated at San Antonio in Texas State, Northside Natatorium was one of the foremost swimming training schools of Chicago. Every quarter, they held a competition to decide on the best swimmer of the school. The top three winners of the competition were gifted swastika coin like shown below, prize money and incentives. As you see below, school name is printed on the top in bold letters and the branch location at the bottom. Their swimming theme consisted of a swastika and one swimmer swimming in pool and the other getting ready to dive into the pool.Swastika good luck coins of american recreation industry  

Swastika coin of Galena Tourist Company
Founded in 1903 at galena town of Illinois State, Galena Tourist Company was one of the first tourist companies of Galena that provided various discounts/offers to their customers. Their offers included travelling, Lodging, Dining, massage, religious ceremonies etc. Galena is the famous hill station with scenic roads and natural beauty along the banks of river galena. It is quite popular as honeymoon, love and picnic spots. Below is the swastika coin of Galena Tourist Company engraved with the message of happiness and long life. Reverse side of the coin marks swastika as the emblem of Galena Tourist Company
  
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Swastika coin of Hardware Dealers Magazine
Situated at 253 Broadway Street of New York City, hardware dealer’s magazine was the hardware magazine published once in every month. It published articles on latest innovation in automation and manufacturing hardware items and equipments. Below is the swastika good luck coin of Hardware Dealers Magazine. Front side of the coin is divided in three concentric circles. Inner circle reads the face value of the coin whereas the outer circles read the company location and name respectively. Backside of the coin is engraved with swastika and three other lucky symbols at each quadrants of the swastika.
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Conclusion
This article is intended to reclaim the lost significance and importance of humanity earliest symbol Swastika. Swastika is derived from the Sanskrit word svastika, "su" meaning "good," "asti” means "to be," and "ka" as a suffix. Swastika signifies the symbol of good luck, prosperity, peace and fortune. After its association with German nazis, this ancient symbol has faced a sad transition from a good luck symbol to symbol of evil and adversity. Swastika is still widely used as a good luck symbol in Asian countries like India, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia etc. This symbol has a sacred spiritual significance in Hinduism and its derived religions like Buddhism and Jainism


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