Weather-vanes and Lightening-rods

Weather-vane and lightening-rod manufacturers found the American flag a popular subject during World War II. (The word vane comes from the Anglo-Saxon word fane, meaning "flag.") The holes in some of the stars shown here were made by farmboys using the fixtures for target practice. This collection combines World War II printed-tin flags with a copperWorld War I doughboy holding a painted flag.