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Jim Nolan
New York
Jim grew up in Buffalo, NY. He likes Duff's wings.
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Just starting this terrific new book about the Battle of Cantigny, the first U.S. engagement in WW1 and the one in which my great uncle, John Curry, was killed by a sniper. Matt Davenport has a gift for storytelling. Despite the wealth of information he provides, he makes it easy to keep turning the page. Matt wrote to me about John and I supplied him with copies of some letters John's fellow soldiers sent to the family. Matt actually tracks some of John's movements during the battle—it's amazing to read, like I'm finally understanding what really happened. John's mother, Sara... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Photo credit: Howie Mook How cool is this? And how cool is all the other stuff in Howie's garage (not to mention his '56 Chevy). Great job, Howie! Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Click to enlarge, to see just how beautiful this drawing is. Nice, Isabella. Continue reading
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Posted May 18, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Another beautiful relief sculpture, with gold leaf accents. They don't make 'em like this anymore. Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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The color is untrue in the second, closer shot, but I wanted to post it to show the beauty of the detail. This is outside the French pavilion on 5th Avenue. Thus the national motto of France below the top sculpture: Liberté, égalité, fraternité. Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Rockefeller Center art deco relief sculpture. The Greek god Hermes, with winged hat and sandals. Looks like he's flying above the waves. Below is another—sorry, don't know who. If you do, please leave a comment. Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
Alice, I believe that one is on 50th between 5th and 6th. Above a door.
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If you look carefully around Rockefeller Center, you'll find gold leaf everywhere. It's 23 carat gold, which is 95.8333% pure. Here swords are being transformed into plowshares, from Isaiah 2:4. "He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore." Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
Thanks to Ernest Pappanastos for taking the time to explain his work this morning. Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Here it is, a day late, but worth the wait. Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Click to enlarge. More superb American craftsmanship, from Canedy-Otto, Chicago Heights, ILL., around 1920. If you're wondering where the ball bearings are, it's pointed out. $42.50, or $46.50 with pulleys for No. 16; $65 for No. 17. I wish I had both. Howie Mook, of course, has the Buffalo Forge version. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Howie Mook's drill press, good as new, ready to last another 100 years of so. He thinks this one is from circa 1920. Howie adds that lot of these post drills are missing parts, so he's happy that this one is complete and functional. Here is a video Howie found of a similar (Model 611, not 614R) of the drill press in use. Absolutely ingenious. Thanks to matchlessantiques for posting on YouTube. Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Here's a couple of shots from Howie Mook of the drill press he's restoring. You can see that some of it has already gone into Howie's electrolysis tank and he also worked on it with a wire brush. Looks like new. Tomorrow I'll post the finished product, painted a beautiful Buffalo Forge green. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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I really love the look of this drill press Howie bought online. He's since restored it and it looks like—and runs like—new. More pictures later in the week. Buffalo Forge. Indestructible. Built to last forever. Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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Don't miss Harley talking about his terrific new book, "Keep the Change," today, Saturday and Sunday in the Queen City! Friday May 1 12-1 pm Buffalo and Erie County Public Library 1 Lafayette Sq.(716) 858-8900 5-6:30 pm Talking Leaves Books 3158 Main St. (716) 837-8554 Saturday May 2 10 am-12 noon Harold B. Rice Coins and Stamps 993 Kenmore Ave.(716) 873-8201 6-9 pm Hi Temp 79 Perry St. (716) 852-5656 Sunday May 3 2-3:30 pm, Burchfield Penney Art Center 1300 Elmwood Ave. (716) 878-6011 Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
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This time the solar panel salesmen went too far. Click to enlarge. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 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 Apr 24, 2015 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 Apr 23, 2015 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 Apr 22, 2015 at Jim Nolan's Blog
Neat, JH--send 'em to me and I'll post them if you like.
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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