The National Portrait Gallery is showcasing the works of the Daily News photographer Harry Warnecke in a collection they are calling ‘In Vibrant Color’.  Warnecke was the lead at the Daily News color photo studio and is credited in convincing the Daily News to invest in expensive technology that introduced color photography to the national audience. At the time, the tricolor process was so rare that Warnecke was forced to build his own camera, which used filters to separate images into the red, blue, and green pigments, creating the bold color we see in his photographs.

The collection showcases some of the cultural icon’s of the 1930’s and 40’s.  Dale Evans, Louis Armstrong, Orson Welles and Dwight Eisenhower were just a few of the subjects Warnecke was able to capture.  His photos used color, rather than the black and white contrast that most photographers of his era were focusing on.  By pushing the ‘needle’ and expanding into color photography, Warnecke was to capture the true spirt of America.


A few months ago I was thinking of how I could translate the icons of Noble County Gold, the dirigible and the oil derrick, onto letterhead, calling cards, and other paper products. I wanted images to be hand-drawn and have actual personality, in place of taking the photographs off the site and sending them to the printer.

Since I have absolutely zero drawing/sketching ability, I had to look for some help. My search for an illustrator did not take long. I had always been an avid reader of N’East Style and impressed by Christine and her talents. Her site is great and the style of her hand-drawn illustrations were a perfect match to what I was looking for.

Christine was gracious enough to accept my proposal and what came back was more than I expected. The illustrations capture the essence of the objects with only simple lines and will look amazing on anything I have them printed on. Thanks, Christine.


This past September at NorthernGRADE I had the pleasure of meeting Walker Lamond, author of ‘Rules for My Unborn Son’. Walker also runs the one of the best men’s blogs, 1001 Rules for My Unborn Son. The book and the blog are a collection of thoughts, phrases and tips he has compiled over the years.

The tips range from basic table manners, clothing advice and how to prepare yourself for a fight. This publication is a collection of information on how to become a well rounded man in today’s society.

Do yourself a favor and pick up a signed copy at the Noble County Gold General Store and start following the rules.


According to my grandparents, there are a few skills things that every American man, women and child should learn in their lifetime. The first is knowing how to change the oil in a car, the second is how to change a flat tire, and the third is knowing how to fold the US Flag. At an early I learned to preform all three skills.(My grandfather owns a auto repair garage, reason for the oil change and flat tire to come before the flag folding)

There are numerous stories and meanings to why the flag is to be folded in the very specific manner, but the truth is the process was created by the US Army. The soldiers had to come up with a way that would allow only two men to fold the flag and keep it from touching the ground. The meanings of the thirteen folds were created years after the process had been established.

This Sunday, when you are taking down Old Glory, make sure to use the proper folding method. (shown above) By doing so will make Betsy Ross and my grandparents proud.