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Native American Rolling Logs and Original Patriotic Paint Decoration

Circa 1920s-1930s: Small traveling gameboards in original paint are rare and desirable, and this five-color Native American made 9 1/4" square gameboard with Indian Friendship signs (also called Rolling Logs) with patriotic red, white, and blue paint is rare indeed. In the 1920s and 1930s, tourists could buy these handmade solitaire or wahoo boards at railroad depots, roadside stands, and trading posts, but with Hitler's invasion of Poland in the mid 1930s, the rolling logs symbol was no longer marketable because of its similarity to the German swastika. However, to the Western tribes, the rolling logs sign was a symbol of friendship, and, when this symbol was juxtaposed with good old American red. white, and blue, it simply meant peace and friendship between the white man and the Indian. As Hitler's invasion increased, most white owned items with rolling logs were destroyed or discarded as the wave of nationalism washed over our nation and drug us toward the inevitability of participating in a second world war. Today, items such as this patriotic Native American gameboard are rare finds and are desirable to collectors of patriotic Americana, folk art, game boards, and native Americana.

Antique Native American Gameboard in Original Paint 1920s

Antique Native American Gameboard in Original Paint 1920s

Antique Native American Gameboard in Original Paint 1920s

Antique Native American Gameboard in Original Paint 1920s

Antique Native American Gameboard in Original Paint 1920s

Antique Native American Gameboard in Original Paint 1920s

Antique Native American Gameboard in Original Paint Decoration
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