In a spin? Tired of Pop-Op? Want to know about genuine grassroots folk art? A collectors-only item, this book takes you through the history of weathervanes and whirligigs from back in knighthood days when the boys who earned the banners used them as part of their heraldic tradition. The designs have also been used as totems, mascots, symbols and stemmed from both superstition and religion as well as representational origins. Did you know that the most famous weathervane in the country is the Boston grasshopper? Or that Manhattan claims as many as fifteen (check out the Empire State Building next time). From the Whittled wooden whirligigs of the 18th & 19th century to Walt Disney's Tower of the Four Winds, it's all here with a whole series of accompanying illustrations drawn by the author.