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"Hex" Signs - Interesting Article

hex Wow, a reporter for a local paper that actually did a little hard work and research. Excuse the sarcasm, but I find so many newspapers are full of stories that are just grabbed off the newswires and dumped into the paper. So it's particularly refreshing to stumble across a story that actually invovles some original reporting. Newsday offered up this piece about the origins of Pennsylvania Dutch "hex signs." The fact is that so many "Amish-y/PA Dutch-sh" trinket type things have developed to appeal to commercial culture/tourism and have little actual factual/historical accuracy. Hex signs are one them, along with faceless dolls and "seven sweets and seven sours". Every kitschy tourist store in PA Dutch country sells hex signs. But do the signs really have much historical significance? Probably not.

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