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Nazi biscuits?

Swastika symbol on biscuit container

I spotted these containers in Butte Creek Mill along with a ton of other antiques. The swastika was actually a very popular symbol before Hitler and the Nazis made it infamous. I’m guessing that means these biscuit tins are pre-1935. Care for a swastika biscuit from Portland, Oregon?

3 Responses to “Nazi biscuits?”

  1. 1
    Madge:

    They might have been tasty… interesting on the swastika… we all (at least those of us with personal or parental memories of WWII) have a startle reaction to it…

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    Grant W. Johnston:

    I also own one of the boxes but the label is missing from mine. An antique dealer in Chico, CA told me that prior to WW II the swastika was a common design, like the cross or star, on many graphic applications. When the war started most companies removed them.

    Those boxes were used by the Pacific Coast Biscuit Company in Portland. In 1916 the Portland Oregonian Newspaper ran an advertisement for Pacific Coast Biscuits, a Jewish firm that made Matzos. A large Swastika dominates the advertisement, which claims, “The Trademark Stands for Supreme Quality”.

    According to Wikipedia “The Pacific Coast Biscuit Company Building is a building located in northwest Portland and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. “

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    Jamie Wittenberg Zegar:

    The word swastika came from the Sanskrit word svastika, meaning any lucky or auspicious object. This symbol has been used for centuries. It was not “invented” by the Nazis, nor did that have anything to do with it’s use by the Pacific Coast Biscuit Co. Herman Wittenberg, founder of the Pacific Coast Biscuit Co was my great grandfather. His grandfather came from the Arva Valley in Hungary. Herman’s grandfather was the last generation in our family line to adhere to the Jewish faith. A few of my distant cousins from Herman’s uncle Moritz continued the Jewish faith. I also had a very startled reaction the first time I saw the letter head with the symbol on it. But a simple date check alleviated
    my worst fears.

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