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 retore it, it's Adam. Also check out his handywork here. Former Buffalo Forge CEO Dave Newcomb tells me the blowers are pretty indestructible in this interview.
Adam, thanks for sending and keep us posted on how it goes!
If you're a Dick Proenneke fan, you'll really like this collection of his writings, wonderfully edited by John Branson, a Park Service historian. You can read it free on-line it here. It contains a detailed biographical sketch. I was interested to learn that he had a J-3 Piper Cub from 1975-1976. He and his brother Raymond used it to explore the Twin Lakes area. Proenneke eventually crashed it (iced carburator) but crawled out to a highway and survived. He was also considered a mechanical genius by those who knew him. You can buy the book on Amazon. Thanks again to Rob Hanson for evenfallstudio.com for pointing me to this in his October 22, 2010 post there.
My grandfather's sister Mamie and her husband Ross Moran. She was a fashion plate and a beauty, and liked to pinch my brother Chris's cheeks. I wish I knew where this photo was taken. It may be somewhere in Canada. I love Ross's shoes. Click to enlarge.
My maternal great-grandmother, Natalie Paul, or "Tali" for short. The back of the photograph says "Okt. 19," which either means October 1919 or October 19th, her birthday in 1878. The marble bust was made by sculptor John Münsterhjelm in 1906 in Berlin, where Natalie and her playwright husband Adolf Paul lived. He was Swedish; she was German, born to a wealthy Lubeck family, the Brehmers. Adolf hung out with Jean Sibelius, August Strindberg and Edvard Munch, and spent all her money. Maybe that's why the bust looks wistful.
A screenshot of what looks like a newspaper for theater and concerts from Helsinki in 1898. It's a photograph of my great grandfather Adolf, taken by Daniel Nyblin. It's from the Finnish National Library Digital Collection. You can see it better here, and enlarge it. I found out about it from Daniel Nyblin's descendent Marten Mickos. Marten writes:
It shows a portrait of Adolf Paul (taken by Daniel Nyblin) with the caption (in an approximate translation): "We rush to present to the audience the portrait of the author Adolf Paul, whose play King Christan II has had such phenomenal success - success pyramidale."
Incidentally, the page also shows an ad by Daniel Nyblin."
Thanks again, Martin. The design of these pages is fantastic.