Not only did Hitler forever ruin a perfectly good mustache, he also ruined one of the classic good-luck symbols -- the swastika. Once upon a time, it was as common a symbol to see on a team uniform as the five-pointed star is now. So, for instance, here's the 1909 Chilocco Indian Agricultural School basketball team: Interesting History, Basketb Team, Agriculture Schools, Basketball Team, American Indian, Schools Basketb, American Basketb, Swastika History, Native American
How far back in American history do you have to go to find the Ku Klux Klan openly riding the Ferris wheel, presumably screaming "wheeee!!!" the whole time? To 1928, apparently. That "every day is the carnival when you're in the Klan!" publicity photo was taken in Colorado (the owner of the carnival was also a Klansman).
It’s a little known fact that the swastika, famously appropriated and perverted by the Nazis, is (or was) a symbol of good luck. Dating back to the Neolithic period, the symbol was frequently included in greetings and used as decoration. A 1917 ad for swastika jewelry, for example, called the symbol the “oldest cross” and explained it like this: “To the wearer of swastika will come from the four winds of heaven good luck, long life and prosperity.”
Oct 25,1918. Before Hitler ruined it, the swastika was a positive symbol with a very, very long history. This is a photo of two kids before a Halloween dance on October 25, 1918.
The Swastika was an ancient symbol that became the symbol of good luck, and as a result was adopted by sports teams beginning in the late 19th century. It wasn't appropriated by the Nazi Party until after WWI. Here, we have the San Francisco YMCA team of 1908.