N028864 NSDAP POLITICAL PODIUM BANNER. (Politische Hakenkreuz Fahne)

BACKGROUND: Probably one of the most recognizable pieces of insignia associated with the Nazi regime is the swastika flag. Utilized by pretty much by all the organization of the Third Reich in one form or another. The swastika, (a Sanskrit word meaning "well being"), is an ancient symbol that was utilized in numerous diverse cultures and signified both the cycle of life and the sun. The swastika was also a Nordic rune and the pagan Germanic symbol for Thor, God of Adventurers. During WWI the swastika began to represent national and anti-Semitic leanings in such organizations as the Thule society and other German nationalistic movements and later, assorted Freikorps groups. In the midsummer of 1920 Hitler adopted the swastika as the premier symbol of the NSDAP. In "Mein Kampf", Hitler states that although numerous party members had proposed the swastika and red, black and white as the party emblem and colors it was he himself who came up with the final design. The flag itself was adopted as the national flag of Germany after Hitler's rise to power in 1933.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Approximately 110cm tall, 90cm wide, single sided, multi-piece, cotton/rayon construction banner features a red base field with a separate, white circular field to the center with a black printed, canted swastika. The border if the white field and the inner edges of the swastika are trimmed in silver wire. Small, rectangular property inkstamp to the white field. The banner also has a 40mm wide, patterned, silver/silk border machine stitched 50mm in from the outside edge of all four sides. The bottom edge of the banner is trimmed with 55mm long, twisted silver fringe. The top edge of the banner has its tunnel loop intact. Shows the expected light age toning, but overall excellent condition.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $1,039.00

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