Pledging allegiance

The open-palm salute is popularly associated with Hitler and the Nazis, who borrowed it from Mussolini’s fascists, who borrowed it from the Roman Empire. Nevertheless, for a time – before it acquired a PR problem with the advent of WW2 – the open-palm salute and its imperial connotations was popular amongst Americanists, who made it part of the pledge of allegiance ceremony. These photos were made available by Rex Curry at rexcurry.net, a Texan lawyer who for better or worse has photoshopped in his own unique commentary.

Pledging allegiance

Pledging allegiance

Pledging allegiance

Pledging allegiance

Pledging Allegiance

Pledging Allegiance

Pledging allegiance - Los Angeles, 1938

Pledging allegiance - Los Angeles, 1938

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One comment on “Pledging allegiance

  1. tinnyray says:

    Great Stuff! Very educational and shocking. Dr. Rex Curry is not the Texas photographer. Professor Curry is the college instructor and attorney in Florida. Also, it was not an ancient Roman salute, as that is just an old myth. The flat stiff arm resulted from the early pledge using a military salute that was then extended out toward the flag, as created by Francis Bellamy, an American National Socialist, in 1892. For thoughtful Americans it already had a bad PR before it was adopted by the National Socialist German Workers Party and by their cohort Mussolini (who gained influence as a journalist among socialists and socialist newspapers in Italy).

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