The Old-Time Swastikas of SoMA – What You Can See at Fifth and Mission by the Old Mint

Here’s an old-time right-facing swastika sitting on the corner of 5th and Mission, plain as day, right across the street from the San Francisco Chronicle Building. The metal fencing you can see has been there since 1874 or thereabouts, when the Old Mintthat Granite Female, went up.

This shows exactly where these symbols are, and this shows a close-up.

Here’s the scene:

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Some of these end caps are missing. Do you think they’ll ever be replaced?

Probably not.

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2 Responses to “The Old-Time Swastikas of SoMA – What You Can See at Fifth and Mission by the Old Mint”

  1. Monikka says:

    Wow… I remember seeing these nearly 10 years ago, I thought they’d be gone by now.

  2. Taylen says:

    if it was put up in 1874 then it was well before the Nazis came to power or the swastika had the negative connotations. the upright one is actually a symbol of good luck, which is most likely why it was put there in the first place. it still is a symbol of good luck, it’s just that hitler, in his quest to be the biggest asshole the world has ever seen, took something good and injected it with bad…