2006-11-10 / Columnists

A Query On A Quandary At Old Coney Island!

From The Rockaway Museum Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

From The Rockaway Museum
Commentary by Emil Lucev, Curator
Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S. Locke

We all love a mystery, especially when it is out of its time sync- if you wonder- and today's Historical Views presents a real puzzler. Perhaps some reader out in Waveland can solve it for us?

This old antique postcard, for all intents and purposes, is authentic!

It is not a reproduction or a reprint, and has all the earmarks of being kept in an album for a long time.

The postcard dealer said the card was for real, and was published by the Theochrom Lime Lite Series Publisher in about 1908.

The card has a divided back for a message on the left side, and the addressee name on the right side.

Look at the card carefully and see if you can spot the mystery.

What's that, you do not see anything that can arouse a mystery?

Shown in the image on the card is the Brighton Beach Bathhouse that was located near the old Brighton Beach Hotel at Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York.

Now look closely- above the double window in the decorative arrangement atop the building- on the center of the roof area!

Spot it now?

There is a broken Nazi swastika, which was a symbol of the German Reich in the 1930s and 1940s!

A piece is missing from the top of the left side, but there is no mistake as to what it is!

Why is this symbol on this old Coney Island bathhouse several years prior to World War I, and decades before the Second World War?

Does anyone know why...and what it represents at this time in old Coney Island?

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