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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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This time the solar panel salesmen went too far. Click to enlarge. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Jim Nolan's Blog
Thanks, Alice! Glad you liked it! There are a few more pieces in the Categories section under Funny Times.
Posted 3 days ago at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Adam really knows how to do it right. A customized side table/storage area with "Buffalo" logos, and above it, a beautifully restored Foldaway Picnic Grille made in Buffalo by Holland Industries in case he needs to 'q a few extra Sahlen's hotdogs. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Jim Nolan's Blog
Thanks, Alice! Yes, the whirring of the Buffalo Forge grill blowers is a sure sign of spring in Buffalo, as reliable an indicator as the taking down of the ice boom across the mouth of the Niagara River.
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In the foreground, Howie's new grill, soon to be restored. In the background, Howie's old grill, with rotisserie. I like that the new grill has hubcaps! Nice, Howie! Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Jim Nolan's Blog
Neat, JH--send 'em to me and I'll post them if you like.
Toggle Commented Apr 15, 2015 on MS Kungsholm Luggage Stickers at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Just got this shot emailed to me by Hamburg, NY resident Adam Gibson. The title was "Finally!!!!!." Hamburg had just a little bit of snow this winter--165 inches. That is not a typo. Almost 14 feet, folks. By comparison, Boston, MA had a mere 110 inches. I took my Broil-Air out of the crawl space today, too. Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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I love how the, I assume, teenager snail is rolling his eyes. Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
Thanks, Alice. The toy soldier collection is the only collection we share with the Forbes family--it's a Scottish thing (Isy's dad grew up there). No Faberge eggs.
I like metal people, too, I guess. These ones are lead.
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2015 on William Britains Toy Cowboy at Jim Nolan's Blog
I hear you, Alice. It's funny that something so frightening in real life ends up as a children's toy.
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2015 on Toy Soldiers #3 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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From King Features' Comics Kingdom. You can try a one-month subscription for $1.99 and get the cartoons sent to you via email every morning. Nice way to wake up. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Personally, I've never met a potato chip I didn't like. Good one, Isy! Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 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 Mar 22, 2015 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