Howard Johnson's, founded in the 1920's with his 28 flavors of ice cream, went on to be a successful restaurant chain, and ultimately got into the hotel business also. This painted iron weathervane was from the peaked roof of one of the earlier restaurants. The character silhouettes of Simple Simon and the Pieman were created by artist John Alcott in the 1930's, and used on early menus, plates, and advertising for the restaurants, as well as the weathervanes. The painted metal is in nice original condition, showing some expected surface wear, but no serious condition issues. The bottom of the pole is threaded to attach to a roof mounted base (not included).