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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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But the food is so nicely presented. Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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I'm pretty sure this cartoon isn't far from the truth. Growing up, our French poodle Oscar, however, did not have the ability to influence many events. You can listen to an essay about him here. Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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New writing by another friend and former Buffalonian, Rick Halpern, Bissell-Heyd Chair of American Studies at the University of Toronto. Rick and co-author Alex Litchtenstein have collected Margaret Bourke-White's photographs from a 1949 trip to South Africa for Life Magazine. Many of them were previously unpublished. Rick and Alex put the photos in historical context, explaining the rise of apartheid. They also discuss Margaret Bourke-White's "artistic and political formation." It is published by Indiana University Press and you can check it out at its website. You can also see Rick's many other published works at Amazon. Way to go, Rick! Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2017 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Screengrab from McSweeneys.net A beautifully written piece in McSweeney's by my friend and former Buffalonian Harley Spiller. It describes the key fobs his father Mortimer used to make, including the one shown above for Benny Binion's Horseshoe Club in Las Vegas. It's terrific writing and reminds me of Mort and of Harley's mother Harriet Spiller, both fun, caring and wonderful people. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Courtesy of Peter Wettlaufer, the original parts list that came with the Broil-Air, as well as prices. Peter thinks the prices may have been taped over because it was a gift. But he held it up to the light, and jotted down the prices that you see immediately above. The blower head is by far the most expensive item. Not that you'd be likely to ever replace it—they're virtually indestructible (unlike the fire pan). Thanks, Peter, this is totally cool. I've never seen one like it. Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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From the collection of Peter Wettlaufer, another beautiful luggage sticker from his godparents' (Ashford and Priscilla Murch) traveling days. It's still there, and it looks the same. Here is a screengrab from its website. Worth a visit to the site just to see what the rooms look like. Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Another S.S. Paris luggage sticker, courtesy of Peter Wettlaufer. It belonged to his godparents, Ashford and Priscilla Murch of Buffalo. I love the handwriting, and the hyphen between New-York. "Couchette 457," I'm guessing this was their cabin number. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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A beautifully designed luggage sticker from the collection of Peter Wettlaufer of Buffalo. It belonged to his godparents, Priscilla and Ashford Murch, also of Buffalo. Many ships have been called the S.S. Paris. I am guessing it was this one. Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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A Broil-Air, this one restored, is for sale in Cleveland, Ohio. "After" and "before" shots below. I see hubcaps! For more information, contact Patrick Donnelly at: patmaster911@yahoo.com. Good luck! Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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The mom witch is wisely wearing a hat for sun protection. More of Isabella's witch cartoons here. Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Sent to me by Matt Conrad. Matt writes that he re-added the color to the photo, and made it accurate to what it would have actually been. Matt also writes that the hat was called a "Garrison Cap." You can read more about WW1 uniforms here. Like my great uncle John Curry, Michael Duddy was from Plains, PA. And like my great uncle, he was killed in action by a sniper. Their portraits hang side by side at the American Legion Hall there, thanks to the awesome efforts of Bob and Bobby Corcoran. Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2017 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Whoever bought this, congratulations! Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2017 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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My dapper grandfather. A beautifully lit and composed shot. Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2017 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Bidding for this never-assembled Broil-Air ends today, Saturday May 27, at 6PM. A rare opportunity to own a mint (not near-mint, totally mint) BFG. There's no grill like it, and it will last forever if you keep the pan dry. The blower is virtually indestructible. If you are in Buffalo, you could be q-ing some Sahlen's dogs on it on Memorial Day. Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2017 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Looking south from Ridge Hill. Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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These keys are for one of these "white suitcases." I love the dynamic American Airlines logo and name in italic type. Mom tells me that the suitcases were lightweight, and some of the first designed for air travel, vs. ocean liners. She spent a lot of her own money on them, she told me, and her mother "thought she was wasting her money." Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at Jim Nolan's Blog
iPhone movie, May 23, 2017 Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Jim Nolan's Blog
iPhone movie from May 23, 2017. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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I found this in an box of old photos the other day. I love the little envelope the luggage sticker and Via Mail Mail stickers came in. I don't think they had every been removed, until I scanned them. You can watch a short video about my parents' life in 1950's Hawaii here. You can watch a short video about my friend Brenda Lo's experience as a fashion designer in 1950's Hawaii here. And see photos of her drop-dead gorgeous Cheongsam dresses here. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Jim Nolan's Blog
Thanks, Alice. It's such a New York-y shot.
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A photo of a porter with my parents' luggage on their return from their wedding in Sweden. You can see the stickers on the luggage here. Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Inflated nylon sculpture by Jeff Koons at Rockefeller Center. Looking north. Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Click to enlarge. There you go. It doesn't pay to be the early bird. Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Gorgeous, isn't it? This panel, in the olden days, would have run in the papers next to the strip. Few newspapers run them anymore. Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2017 at Jim Nolan's Blog