My grandfather, Paul Nolan, is on the far left. Wish I could make out the design on the jerseys better. It is not the Nike swoosh. Click below to hear my commentary about an illuminating P&L company newsletter from 1946, right after the war.
To me, this presentation on the 100th anniversary of Dickens' birth seems incredibly ambitious. Sketches from David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, Pickwick Papers, A Christmas Carol, with a dance or two thrown in. Dickens, who was also a famous actor, would have loved it. My grandfather, Paul Nolan was the stage manager. My friend Barbara Sicherman's dad, Jacob, played Ebenezer Scrooge. A hundred years later, Dickens is still beyond category.
Buffalo Central High graduates. An asterisk indicates each year as a "star" pupil. My grandfather Paul Nolan had two. His best friend Jake Sicherman had one. Of the students who had three stars, all but one were female. But they couldn't vote for nine more years. Note: There's a back page with more names but I didn't include it. Click to enlarge.
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. Click to enlarge.
My grandfather, Paul Nolan, as a young man. He graduated from Central High School in Buffalo in 1912, where he was Class Poet. He went on to work for Pratt & Lambert Paint as a purchasing agent. Here he is on the cover of Purchasing Magazine in 1938.
To me, he looks like a poet in the first picture, and a purchasing agent in the second. Click below to hear my essay about a Pratt & Lambert newsletter from 1946.
My grandfather Paul Nolan attended Central High School and graduated in the Class of 1912. It was located at 65 Court Street, and torn down in 1926 to make room for the State Office Building. Paul was the Class Poet, and classmate of George Norman Frederickson. George's grandson Greg wrote to me wondering if George graduated with the class and sure enough he was mentioned in The Calendar, the graduation booklet I've written about. Greg was kind enough to send me a link (page by Chuck LaChiusa) about the history of the school, complete with the above postcard. Thanks, Greg. Who would have imagined that Paul and George's grandsons would be writing each other about Central on-line 99 years after they graduated? I am also friends with another '12 classmate's daughter, Barbara Sicherman. Her father Jake was Paul's lifelong friend. You can find out more about Buffalo history and architecture at this award-winning site: http://buffaloah.com/. For my essay about the class, read Smokey the Talking Dog.
The Buffalo Central High Class of 1912. My grandfather, Paul, is in the top row, sixth from right (or left). His great-grandson, Eddie, graduates from high school today. The story can be found in the Kindle eBook version of Smokey the Talking Dog, here.
Jim, John, Ned and Paul Nolan, and Smokey the Talking Dog.
This photo was taken in Rose Hill, across Lake Erie from Buffalo. Dad's family used to rent a cottage there every summer, for the whole summer, for about 10 years. The cottage was located between Dominion Road and Garrison Highway, not on the lake. It was owned by Lilly Biden, a friend of Carl Ellmaker. In 1939 there was a polio scare, and since school didn't open until October 15, the family stayed there the whole time, thinking it was fairly isolated and thus safer than the city. Paul went to work by ferry. Isabel would drive him to Ft. Erie, where he'd catch a boat which took him to the foot of Ferry Street in Buffalo. From there he took a bus to Pratt & Lambert on Tonawanda Street. (The P&L buildings are still there, empty now.) He did this so Isabel and the boys had a car to drive to the public beach.
Smokey was a mutt but had some smooth-haired terrier in him. According to Paul he was a "Curbstone Setter."