“Remember Pearl Harbor” quickly became a rallying cry for Americans as the nation entered World War II. The expression appeared frequently in the press, on posters, and in other media throughout the war. These words were also incorporated into hand-made items produced by everyday Americans. Some sent their handiworks to the President as gifts.
This painted cast iron weathervane was made by Claude C. Ferdinand of Hawthorne, New Jersey shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack. It depicts Colonial American soldiers flanking an American eagle and a “V” for victory symbol. Mr. Ferdinand sent his weathervane to President Franklin D. Roosevelt on January 27, 1942.