Sorrentolens

Photos and thoughts; Cars; 1950s; 1960s

North, South, East, West – Weathervanes

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Weathervane

Weathervane

Weathervanes get their name from the Old English fane, which means flag or banner.  Weathervanes also go by the name of “wind vanes.”  Weathervanes are one of the oldest forms of weather prediction.  Weathervanes are mentioned in the ancient writings of Mesopotamia, from over 3500 years ago.  The Chinese also talk about strings or flags being used to read wind direction in writings dated to the 2nd Century B.C.

With the discovery of the New World and the colonization of what is now New England, weathervanes were proudly displayed from the high steeples of newly populated towns and cities as our ancestors blended cultures and traditions to become America.  This one was found in St. Augustine, FL.

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Written by sorrentolens

July 13, 2009 at 6:47 pm

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