On a recent trip to an antique mall in Ohio outside of Cincinnati, I encountered some rather disturbing "antiques" for sale. This place was massive and at first I came across the usual mix of old books, typewriters, sports memorabilia, and random knickknacks you expect to see at an antique mall.
As I arrived near the back of the store, I came across locked display cases filled with more valuable antiques that people were afraid of getting stolen or destroyed by the public handling them. These cases were filled with Star Wars figures, baseball cards, jewelry, and (to my surprise) many pieces of racist and fascist antiques.
I've seen plenty of racist antiques at outdoor flea markets and swap meets, but I found it pretty disturbing that this antique mall not only allowed their vendors to display and sell these items, but also permitted them to display these blatant fascist and racist antiques in their display cases that they reserve for high-end collectibles. Just when I was getting over the sight of these, I came across more.
I get that some of these items shouldn't be ignored or destroyed due to the (awful) historical significance, but I don't believe they have a place in a public store where anyone can buy them. If anything, they should be in a museum to educate people so history doesn't repeat itself. Attaching a price to them gives them value beyond historical reasons.
A part of me felt like bringing my disgust up to a manager at the antique mall, but given that they were blatantly on display, the store has (most likely) already taken the stand of preferring profits over what is ethical.
Here are some more photos of beautiful old typewriters to balance out the racism and fascism in this post.