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Jim Nolan
New York
Jim grew up in Buffalo, NY. He likes Duff's wings.
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Hey, here's a nice grill of Adam Gibson's for sale on eBay. As Adam describes it: "It is missing some parts but has been pretty much restored and can be used for cooking immediately. The wheels have some damage and missing the hub caps and food tray." If you are handy, you might want to check it out. Not many come up for sale. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Recently I posted about my friend Harley's old Weber grill. Turns out it's quite rare, right down to its metal handle. Harley was contacted by Weber expert Matt O'Brien, who kindly allowed me to post his description the the grill: "It’s called the “Westerner” and was sold by Weber in the early to mid sixties. There are two different versions of this grill that were produced – The earlier 60’s version has a metal lid handle on top (such as the one you have), and the mid to late 60’s models that were more or less identical but with a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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The latest reason the chicken crossed the road. Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
Good point, Alice!
Toggle Commented Aug 16, 2015 on Beer Bottle Tiki Torch at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Blogger and friend Alice Henry Whitmore saw this bottle unlit in one of Howie Mook's photos, and thought it was a beer holder. Me, too. Nope, Howie informs us, it's a tiki torch. He found the idea on YouTube. I love it. Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
Alice, a lovely idea. Harley, I'm sure Micki would love one.
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Photo credit: Harley Spiller Harley writes, "Found in the bottom of Dad's Weber when I cleaned out the ash receptacles. Presumed to be a mass of melted foil from a lot of baked potatoes and corn on the cob and garlic heads. Is this common?" Hmm. Interesting question. We'll have to check our Webers. Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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My friend Ken Meyer is a terrific drummer and plays for two bands. This one has a bunch of concerts coming up, including this Saturday. You can learn more at their site. P.S. They rock. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
Agreed, Alice--I want that beer holder!
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Also from the amazing sample case of Mortimer Spiller. Mort would sell products to companies who wanted to reward their top salespeople. They could "Carry home a Carrier." Willis Carrier invented air-conditioning while working at, yes, Buffalo Forge. He is buried in Buffalo's Forest Lawn Cemetery. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Howie Mook also has a portable Holland grill. Howie's photo provides an excellent idea of scale, how robustly the grill is constructed, a good view of the griddle/windbreak, and how truly flat if folds. Buffalo ingenuity! Thanks for sending, Howie. Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
Thanks, Alice. The "Buffalo" letter was added by Adam decoratively to the side table. I think he bought them online. More Foldaway photos tomorrow! Funny piece you had today at lutheranliar.com
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Harley Spiller found this spec sheet in a sample case his dad Mort used for selling products. He thinks Mort ordered from Holland Industries to make his own portable grill, which he packaged and sold as an "Outdoor Griddle Grille." Below is a photo of Adam Gibson's beautifully restored Holland Fold-Away grill in action, and the box it came in. Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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That plant was probably perfectly happy in the beer garden. Great one as usual, Isabella! Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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My friend Harley Spiller sent me this photo of his 50+ years old Weber he uses in his Queens, NY backyard. Harley's dad, Mortimer, used Weber products for promotional materials. Harley tells me Mort would sell one to a company that wanted to reward a top salesperson. The longhorns are original to the grill, by the way. It reads: Weber-Stephens Products Co. Weber Bar-B-Q Kettle, Wood Dale, IL. Harley also tells me that the steaks he grills on them "taste like steaks in Buffalo—my dad's." Can there be a more perfect grill than that? Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Close-up view. Sent to me by Howie Mook. Howie writes: "Vintage King's Department Store ad for Holland Foldaway Grill, like the ones Adam and I have, check out the prices on the other items also." Hard to beat $3.48. Holland Industries was based in Buffalo. The third Western New York portable barbecue grill we've discovered, including the Eclipse Portable Grills by Eclipse Metal Mfg. Company in Eden and the Outdoor Griddle Grille by the Mortimer Spiller Company in Batavia. Thanks Howie! Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
Thanks, Alice. Hope you and the Dude are doing some q-ing this weekend at the shore!
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Handy and compact, indeed. From the barbecue collection of Harley J. Spiller, which also includes a vintage Weber. Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Another Western New York portable grill, this one made by the father of my friend and well-known collector Harley Spiller. This one barbecues, fry and broils. "Folds flat for easy carrying." Ingenious, and still in the box! For other works by The Mortimer Spiller Company, see Harley's NY Times slideshow, "The Weight of the Past." Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
Yet another 1950 portable grill coming tomorrow, Alice.
Yeah, butter and steamers for sure!
Thanks, Alice--it's a really nice brochure. Love the art direction.
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Doesn't get much better than this. Note the handy attached side table, perfect for holding one's can of beer or pop. Thanks for sending, Adam Gibson. Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Another view of the 1950 Eclipse portable grill brochure. You can see a description of the Model 400 above the recipes. Thanks for sending the photo, Adam Gibson. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Coconut Toast, Whistle Pigs... it all sounds delicious to me. Look at the craft and care that went into this 1950 brochure. It's beautiful and packed with all the product information you need. Thanks for sending, Adam Gibson. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog