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Jim Nolan
New York
Jim grew up in Buffalo, NY. He likes Duff's wings.
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The design on the dress that's second from the right is hand-painted. Thanks to Brenda's son, Cy Lo, for the scan of the original photo. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Jim Nolan's Blog
Huge thanks to: Alessandra Lacorazza for the wonderful edit, Ronen Sberlo for the camera work, Ken Meyer for recording me, and Zoë Keating for the fantastic music. Most of all, thanks to Brenda for sharing her inspiring story. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Photo: Jim Nolan Jeff Koons has the best spot of many artists displaying their Easter egg creations here. Eventually they will be auctioned off and the money donated to protect elephants. In addition, there are 260 eggs hidden around the city. You can "collect" them with this app. By doing so, you may win one of three Fabergé Eggs. Good luck! Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Photo credit: Isabella Bannerman Isabella took this shot of the Charlie Brown Macy's Thankgiving Parade balloon at MoCCA this weekend, where she shared a table with other cartoonists and sold a bunch of books. The Arts Fest is held at the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue in NYC, which explains how the round-headed kid could fit. Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Hey, how can you use your Buffalo Forge Grill without a side table? Well, Adam Gibson decided to make one using parts from an old Buffalo Forge air conditioner he found on eBay. Cool, Adam! In Adam's own words: "Here is my latest project involving the old parts off the air conditioner unit made by Buffalo Forge. I found some old baby stroller wheels from the 1950s and placed them on some old pallet wood which I then stained to give it that vintage look. I now have a moveable work station for when I am grilling on the forge.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Screengrab from the National Cartoonist Society website. Cool! Isabella was nominated for an award by the National Cartoonist Society. She's in great company—Terri Libenson and Mark Tatulli. The winner will be announced over Memorial Day at the 68th annual NCS Reuben Awards in San Diego. Way to go, Isabella! Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Buffalo Forge Grill restorer Adam Gibson found this old blower online and plans to restore it. Adam writes: Hey Jim I found this real gem on Craigslist and bought it from a guy in Elizabethon, Tennessee. I paid sixty dollars for it and he shipped it to me. I am not sure of its history but based on the rust it looks like it has been sitting in the mud outside for awhile. The handle does not turn and the fan is pretty gunked up but I am gonna try and save this beauty if I can. If anybody can... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Seen on 51st Street in NYC between 5th and 6th Avenues. I see tiles everytime I look down nowadays. Here is more information on these ones. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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I spotted this on 5th Avenue around 48th Street. It may be a play on the Toynee Tile urging us to resurrect the dead on Planet Jupiter. I have not seen this one before. More info here. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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They work in nanotechnology. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Cartoon by Isabella Bannerman With apologies to Charles Atlas. Enjoy your Super Bowl Sunday! See yesterday's post for the world's best chicken wing recipe by my friend Harley Spiller. Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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A couple of more days left to bid on this Broil-Air on eBay. With a little TLC, it could be very nice. I believe it's located in Clarence Center, NY. Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Thanks to Bob Corcoran and family, a painting of my great uncle John Curry was found and restored by talented Plains, PA artist Judy Docel. (This scan of a photo of the painting is redder than it should be.) Bob sent me a framed photo that his grandson took of the painting, which I have put right next to my desk where I can see it all the time. The painting is one of a pair. Lt. Michael Duddy, another young Plains man, was also killed in World War 1. Lt. Duddy and Lt. Curry both had schools named after... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
Dad and Mom gave me an old metal box of Kodachromes from Hawaii in the late 1950s. Here's their story. Happy Birthday, Mom! Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Photo Credit: Northeast Pennsylvania Photo Collection My great-grandmother's name, Sara Curry, appears under Port Bowkley, a section of Plains, which is near Wilkes-Barre. They spell Sara "Sarah;" I'm not sure she did. She is Mrs. Curry, because she was married to Gilbert, who was a school principal in the area. He was killed by lightning in 1899, leaving Sara with three young kids. I'm guessing Teresa Corcoran is a relative of my friend and former Plains teacher himself, Bob Corcoran; and that Mary C. Duddy is related to Lt. Michael Duddy who died in WW1. Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Photo credit: NePA Photo Collection. My great-grandmother Sara Curry taught here in 1910. Her son John was an eighth grade student that year. You can see a photo of him here, and other pages from the "First Annual" here. His sister Isabel, my grandmother, was also a teacher. She didn't study at East Stroudsburg State, but at Bloomsburg State, Penn State, and Columbia State Teachers College. Isabel married my grandfather Paul, John's best friend. Paul didn't believe his wife should work. Seems crazy now. Thanks to the Northeast Pennsylvania Photo Collection for posting the Yearbook. Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Two screen grabs of a blower offered on eBay, spotted by Adam Gibson. Right now it's bid at $88—two days to go. I knew Buffalo Forge had a Canadian plant (as mentioned in my interview with former CEO/President Dave Newcomb), but I'd never seen KITCHENER ONT on one before. Totally cool looking! Nice find, Adam. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Buffalo Forge was not only good at heating things up. In 1902 it invented cooling things down with air conditioning. The key employee was engineer Willis Carrier, who went on to form his own company in 1915. Maybe you've heard of the Carrier Dome at Syracuse (which doesn't have air conditioning). This photo was sent to me by Adam Gibson, who has an amazingly restored Buffalo Forge grill. Adam bought it and the plaque below on eBay from a gent who was going to recycle the AC unit for scrap aluminium. Love that "Buffalo" logo! Thanks, Adam! Great find! Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
A video in which I describe our generation's shortcomings fun-wise. Then again, maybe it's just me. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Photo credit: NePA Photo Collection. Click to enlarge. A photo sent to me by my friend Bob Corcoran. Bob sent me the link to the yearbook which is, amazingly, online here. On the top row, far right, is my great uncle John V. Curry, who died in the Battle of Cantigny in WWI. I'm surprised the class is all boys. My grandfather's class in Buffalo had as many young women as men, albeit in high school. Bob writes: Jim: Here is a picture of John Curry, 1910, 8th grade at Plains High School. Sara's name was mentioned as a graduate... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Spotted recently. Note the unusual green lettering in lower right corner. Perhaps it's a nod to the holidays. Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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My nephew Sam and brother Chris use a chimney to get the coals hot enough to cook with in five minutes or so. This technique was invented by my Swedish cousin Mikael. What did we cook? Sahlen's hot dogs. Buffalo's, and thus America's, best. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2013 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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A Toynbee tile spotted last night while walking to Grand Central. I like the way it was laid on a big crack. It looks to me like there's a pen in the crack on the upper right. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2013 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Cartoon by Isabella Bannerman. A tricky recipe, indeed. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2013 at Jim Nolan's Blog