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Jim Nolan
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Jim grew up in Buffalo, NY. He likes Duff's wings.
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Personally, I've never met a potato chip I didn't like. Good one, Isy! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Photo credit: Moody Blues, USA Today I just came across an article in USA Today that the "Moodies" are beginning a tour soon. I hope they make a packet. For tour dates, go here. You can listen to my appreciation of their song "Nights in White Satin" below. (K)nights in White Satin Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Jim Nolan's Blog
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You can buy this Literary Location sticker for $5.95 cheap, including shipping, here, and I will pop it in the mail today. It is drawn by Isabella Bannerman and designed by Kanad Banerjee. William Shakespeare’s Literary Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire New Place, the second largest home in Stratford, was sold to the greatest writer in the English language in 1597. He died there in 1616. Stratford was also the Bard’s birthplace. A later owner, annoyed at the number of people visiting the house, had it torn down. He was run out of town. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Photo credit: Adam Gibson The blower is what makes a Broil-Air unique, and as the company's former President David Newcomb told me, they are virtually indestructible. Buffalo Forge Company, as you can guess by the name, made equipment for blacksmiths. The Broil-Air is really just a redesign of a forge they built for blacksmiths. It can get the fire hot enough to melt steel, if you wanted it to. So getting your charcoal cherry red in a hurry is not a problem. This is the blower from Adam Gibson's new find. It looks like it's practically new. The wood handle... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Photo credit: Adam Gibson It looks a little beat up right now, but the wheel to Adam Gibson's new (old) BFG is an all original beauty. It's hard to find a Broil-Air with hubcaps. Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Pretty great shape for a grill that was notorious for rusting. Must've been indoors all those years. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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A side of St. Patrick you never hear about. Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Photo credit: Adam Gibson Boy, this Broil-Air hardly needs restoring. It's perfect just the way it is, and has both hubcaps. Adam was rightly psyched to find it: "I got to tell ya Jim this one is a beauty and I have never seen an adjustable one yet in person and let alone own one. As of right now I have a total of four. My first one will never be for sale and this adjustable one will always be in my collection going forward. It has everything you need on it and nothing is missing!!!!!!" Of course, Adam is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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An alternative to traffic reporter Tom Kaminski on Chopper 880 at WCBS. Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Native Buffalonian Harley Spiller has written a terrific book about the hidden secrets of coins and currency. Do you know why greenbacks are green? Why some bank managers actually throw away perfectly good money? That Isaac Newton worked for the Royal Mint? Harley does, and much more besides. It's full of pictures of ugly coins in every state of decay and damage, of counterfeit bills Harley has himself received, money altered by artists, and currency misprinted by the U.S. Mint. One surprising fact after another keeps you turning the page. You'll find it on Amazon here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
Thanks, Alice--I should start photoshopping the BFG into other shots.
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Love this Balzac sticker, drawn by Isabella Bannerman and designed by Kanad Banerjee. You can purchase it for $5.95 on the Literary Locations website. That price includes free envelope shipping. Checkout's easy, and we accept PayPal and credit cards. Honoré de Balzac’s Literary Location is 47, rue Raynouard in Paris. Balzac lived at this address from 1840-1847. He rented it under his housekeeper’s name, as he was trying to keep his creditors at bay. He edited La Comédie humaine and wrote three other novels here. Today the Maison de Balzac is one of three literary museums in Paris. It contains... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Photos: Phil Marino I love this table. It was sent to me by Phil Marino, who works for Howden (which many years ago purchased Buffalo Forge Company). Great way of showing off the product to customers, and I bet they had fun making it. Thanks, Phil! Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Our latest literary sticker, which you can buy for $5.95 here. Mary Wollstonecraft's literary location is The Polygon, St. Pancras, London. The author of A Vindication of the Rights of Women spent the last months before her death following the birth of her child Mary in 1797 living there with her husband, William Godwin. The building no longer exists, but a plaque marks the spot. Godwin would later inadvertently ruin her reputation with his frank biography of her life, so that for a century afterwards her early feminist writing was ignored, completely overshadowed by her “scandalous” reputation. Her daughter Mary... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
Good point, Alice! And I wouldn't be the excellent snow shoveler I am today.
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Photo: Bengt Paul Here is a Kodachrome of my mom and sister Lisa at the beach with Diamond Head in the background. Mom and Dad moved there after getting married while Dad served in the Navy. Later they moved to Buffalo, where Dad grew up. Classic bait and switch. Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Photo: Mike Patton Above, most of Mike Patton's carefully restored Broil-Air parts before final assembly. Below, a shot of the restored tuyere, which compresses the air before it's shot into the pan. That's why blacksmith's could use this set-up to melt metal. Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Photo: Mike Patton Mike's wheels were missing the hubcaps, so Mike tells us what he did: "Because I only had one hubcap, I had to come up with replacements. I used the "beehive" style found on many pedal cars of the 50's and 60's. They were highly modified to fit the original BFG wheels. They turned out nice and are somewhat "period correct." They really look nice. Hubcaps are hard to find on Broil-Airs. Mine doesn't have them. Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Photo: Mike Patton Here is the paint Mike used on his Broil-Air. As Mike describes it: "The blower, wheels, accessory tray, and lower support disc were painted with DelFleet (PPG) 196380 to match." Thanks for sending, Mike. The color looks great. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Photo: Mike Patton Mike Patton fabricated these shelf support brackets himself. Nice, Mike. Here's how it looks put together: Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Photo credit: Mike Patton Mike Patton sent me these pictures of his beautifully restored Buffalo Forge grill. To give you some idea of the amount of work involved, here's Mike describing the project: Lots of fun to restore this one! As some earlier pics show, I had a lot to start with. Everything was disassembled, sandblasted, and sanded. The legs, axle, adjusting arm, and accessory tray brackets were powder coated Semi gloss Black. The guide handle was powder coated mirror with clear. The venturi tube and food grate shaft were ceramic coated. The adjusting handle ball was lightly sanded, then... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
Alice, I knew we were related!
Toggle Commented Mar 2, 2015 on Farbror Elis, July 1929 at Jim Nolan's Blog
Thanks, Alice. It's only a matter of time before they make a comeback.
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2015 on Hand Warmer Muff, 1920s at Jim Nolan's Blog
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It's a popular app in New York City. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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RACONTEUR is a comic published by Mike Lynch. It's "a collection of true stories written and illustrated by cartoonists who usually specialize in other formats." Isabella's four-page piece is called "The Miracle of Mt. Rushmore." You can buy an issue for a mere $5 here. Below is a sketch of Isabella, in class. Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog