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Cast iron “Remember Pearl Harbor” weathervane

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum of the National Archives and Records Administration1942

U.S. National Archives

U.S. National Archives

Claude C. Ferdinand of Hawthorne, New Jersey created this unique Pearl Harbor tribute. He sent it to FDR as a gift on January 27, 1942. The iconography of Ferdinand’s weathervane links the American cause in World War II to the American Revolution. An eagle and V for Victory symbol stand at the center. They are flanked on the right by the figure of a Minuteman, immortalized in the famous statue that stands at the site of the 1775 Battle of Concord in Massachusetts. On the left a woman known as a “Molly Pitcher” operates a cannon during the 1778 Battle of Monmouth in New Jersey. MO 2005.377.

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  • Title: Cast iron “Remember Pearl Harbor” weathervane
  • Creator: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum of the National Archives and Records Administration
  • Date Created: 1942
  • Subject Keywords: World War II, World War 2, artifact

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