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Mel Fischer

Christmas catalogs from a bygone era

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I am posting this here in the sharing it thread rather then the Craigslist and eBay thread because I am sure more will see it here then would in that thread.

For those who are interested in Christmas decorations from the bygone years, here's a link to a CD compiled by my good friend Mark Podmore, a Christmas enthusiast who loves to share the information with others.

http://cgi.ebay.com/41-Noma-Paramount-Raylite-GE-Poloron-Catalogs-on-CD_W0QQitemZ290406095364QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item439d8d5a04

His updated CD with all the new additions is in the mail and on the way to me now and I am anxiously looking forward to receiving it.

If you like the old decorations and seeing a lot of what was offered, the CD is well worth every cent of the price and much, much more.

Please be sure to read the full description in his listing and you will agree that the CD is not a money maker for him, but more of a labor of love for these older decorations and helping us all to learn more about them.

For the record, I am not connected with the CD in any way other then that I sent a few of the catalog scans to Mark, I do not receive any part of the proceeds from it.

Mel

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I bought one of those last month..it's excellent and has tons of information in it. Mel, I'm sure you will enjoy it..I have spent hours pouring through it.

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I bought one of those last month..it's excellent and has tons of information in it. Mel, I'm sure you will enjoy it..I have spent hours pouring through it.

Carrie, I know you are so right, I already have his previous CD, the one that is coming now has an additional 10+ catalogs that are not on the CD that I currently have. I have spent a lot of time going through the catalogs and enjoy it more each time. Always find something new that is of interest to me. I have hopes that the NOMA catalogs will eventually show up on the CD showing the NOMA choir boy & girl, NOMA monk & nun and the lamp posts and candles that we recently learned about. Gotta keep thinking positive about that.

Mel

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hi mel

thanks for the info on this i am going to order one.

gary

Gary, I'm sure you will be happy that you did, it's a great resource.

Mel

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Thank you Mel for letting us know about this CD. I've got one on it's way!!! It said there were only 8 left when I ordered...but I assume he can make more???

Lori :)

Lori, you are welcome and I am sure that if you like the older Christmas decorations and seeing what was offered you will be very happy with the CD. As for your question, I would assume so, but can not say for sure because Mark and I have not discussed the CD itself other then what he has on it.

Mel

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My, oh my, oh my!! The CD did arrive today and I am in seventh heaven, it's all I hoped for and more!

For those that would like to see what is on the CD, here is the link to the Flicker album containing the catalogs.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/

Please keep in mind that not all of the catalogs in the album are on the CD, at this time you will have to get the list of what is on the CD from the eBay auction page and then go to the Flicker album and check out the catalogs there as I do not have the time at the moment to get the list and post it.

Also keep in mind that the scans on the CD are full size printable pictures and much, much larger then what is in the Flicker album.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/

Mel

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Thanks, Mel! I have a total of 51 catalogs on the CD now. If you use Flickr and wish to download the full-sized scans, you must make yourself one of my "contacts" first. Joining Flickr is free.

I've spent a lot of money and a lot of time on this venture to assist my friends in the Christmas collector world and I hope you enjoy. Also--in my Flickr Photostream, there is a set named "Christmas Items Vintage"; that has all of my personal collection in it + some.

I'm in nursing and work for South Carolina's Organ/Tissue/Eye donation non-profit organization LifePoint (http://www.lifepoint-sc.org) and am constantly on the road, so my work on the CD is intermittent at best.

Thanks to you all!

Mark Podmore (eBay seller Markie4now)

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You mean another blowmold enthusiast has been hiding this whole time from me right across the dam. I see why I can't find them anymore in the area. lol

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Hi Brad: What part of Columbia do you live in? I'm in Lexington off Hwy #1 by Lexington High School. I previously had a home in Elmwood Park downtown that was featured on HGTV's "If Walls Could Talk" episode "Historical Ties", was in The State newspaper and on the Elmwood Park Tour of Homes.

Due to economical reason, I had to relocate to Lexington.

Mark

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Hmm. I don't remember that episode but I love watching that show when I catch it. I am in Irmo right now. I grew up in Chapin. I am in the process of going through a divorce so I will be moving back to Chapin sometime this year. I live right now basically right across the street from the big post office in Irmo, kinda near the Toyota dealership.

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I had an eBay seller state I was "pirating" these old catalogs and that was not legal. Does anyone have any ideas? I don't want to get into any trouble; I merely wanted to share my finds. Should I take the seller's threats seriously?

Thanks!!

Mark

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I had an eBay seller state I was "pirating" these old catalogs and that was not legal. Does anyone have any ideas? I don't want to get into any trouble; I merely wanted to share my finds. Should I take the seller's threats seriously?

Thanks!!

Mark

I don't think you have to worry about that particular person because "pirating" most always pertains to interactive media such as CD's, electronic music files, videos, movies, un-released movies. So I think they are using the term incorrectly which shows they have nothing to do with being in the legal world.

Now wether it is right or not is another question, I think it is cool you are doing this for the Blow Mold Collectors! But some of the catalogs may be Copyrighted so you could very well be breaking a law by making profit off of another companies copyrighted magazine... although the things being advertised in the catalogs are not copyrighted by the company (sears) itself.:confused:

Humm sticky situation because you are making money off of another companies (money making) catalog...

This is not meant to be negative in any way :) Just stating something that MAY come up....

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I'm not "making money" on this project, Tory. Let me make that VERY clear!! The catalogs sell anywhere from $100 - $250 each. I'm trying to share history and make up for the money I've spent. I have a total of 51 catalogs on the CD now. That would be roughly $5,100.00 spent on the catalogs themselves at $100 each (I've paid over $200 for some of them). It takes hours to upload one average 30-page catalog to Flickr and my time is obviously worth nothing.

Besides, the copyrights have expired LONG ago according to Jason at Wishbook Web.

That eBay seller accused me of making money off the CD, too. If you feel so strongly I'm "making money", I'll simply remove the eBay listing and take every single catalog off of Flickr (which I have to pay for an account) and then NOBODY would be able to enjoy the catalogs.

If anyone wishes to conact me, please do so at [email protected]. If I don't hear from anyone by Monday, March 8, 2010, I'm removing the eBay listing and taking every single catalog off of Flickr.

Any other suggestions before I pull the plug on this project? Once I remove the catalogs from Flickr, I will NOT be uploading them again because of the time involved.

Thanks!

Mark

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I'm not "making money" on this project, Tory. Let me make that VERY clear!! The catalogs sell anywhere from $100 - $250 each. I'm trying to share history and make up for the money I've spent. I have a total of 51 catalogs on the CD now. That would be roughly $5,100.00 spent on the catalogs themselves at $100 each (I've paid over $200 for some of them). It takes hours to upload one average 30-page catalog to Flickr and my time is obviously worth nothing.

Besides, the copyrights have expired LONG ago according to Jason at Wishbook Web.

That eBay seller accused me of making money off the CD, too. If you feel so strongly I'm "making money", I'll simply remove the eBay listing and take every single catalog off of Flickr (which I have to pay for an account) and then NOBODY would be able to enjoy the catalogs.

If anyone wishes to conact me, please do so at [email protected]. If I don't hear from anyone by Monday, March 8, 2010, I'm removing the eBay listing and taking every single catalog off of Flickr.

Any other suggestions before I pull the plug on this project? Once I remove the catalogs from Flickr, I will NOT be uploading them again because of the time involved.

Thanks!

Mark

Mark, I fully understand where you are coming from on this I have had the same thing happen to me over the blow mold catalog CD that I have sold. Almost no one is willing to consider the huge expense involved in collecting the catalogs and information let alone the many, many hours of doing the scans, formatting them and in your case uploading them to Flicker. At the price you charge for the CD I don't see how you will be able to recoup all of your expenses with the project. I know that I will never break even on the blow mold CD but like you, that wasn't the purpose of the CD, it was for sharing the information with others.

Please let me know if/when you cease the sale of the CD and remove the catalogs from Flicker and I will close this thread.

Mel

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Thanks, Mel! I'll definitely let you know when I pull the plug!

I wasn't aware you had a blowmold CD; that would be nice to see. It's bad when you spend tons of time doing something you enjoy while helping others; only to find out other people are so rude they would make accusations about what you were doing. I, if anyone, knows that!

This won't stop me from collecting catalogs and I will definitely share whatever I get with you, Mel!

Thanks again!!

Mark

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Thanks, Mel! I'll definitely let you know when I pull the plug!

I wasn't aware you had a blowmold CD; that would be nice to see. It's bad when you spend tons of time doing something you enjoy while helping others; only to find out other people are so rude they would make accusations about what you were doing. I, if anyone, knows that!

This won't stop me from collecting catalogs and I will definitely share whatever I get with you, Mel!

Thanks again!!

Mark

Mark,

I just sent you an email about the blow mold catalog CD before I read your post.

The blow mold catalog CD will be in with the CD containing the Christmas ads and the Garrison-Wagner catalog that I scanned for your Flicker album. I am still waiting to hear on the scans of the oversize Christmas ads that I told you about. Have to figure out how get the other oversize Garrison-Wagner catalog scanned yet, can't afford to pay Office Max or Office Depot $280 to do it.

Mel

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I'm not "making money" on this project, Tory. Let me make that VERY clear!! The catalogs sell anywhere from $100 - $250 each. I'm trying to share history and make up for the money I've spent. I have a total of 51 catalogs on the CD now. That would be roughly $5,100.00 spent on the catalogs themselves at $100 each (I've paid over $200 for some of them). It takes hours to upload one average 30-page catalog to Flickr and my time is obviously worth nothing.

Besides, the copyrights have expired LONG ago according to Jason at Wishbook Web.

That eBay seller accused me of making money off the CD, too. If you feel so strongly I'm "making money", I'll simply remove the eBay listing and take every single catalog off of Flickr (which I have to pay for an account) and then NOBODY would be able to enjoy the catalogs.

If anyone wishes to conact me, please do so at [email protected]. If I don't hear from anyone by Monday, March 8, 2010, I'm removing the eBay listing and taking every single catalog off of Flickr.

Any other suggestions before I pull the plug on this project? Once I remove the catalogs from Flickr, I will NOT be uploading them again because of the time involved.

Thanks!

Mark

I am sorry Mark if you miss read what I posted... I wasn't accusing you of doing anything... Seems your post in reply to me was a bit negative in the way I am reading it anyway... I was just stating something that MAY come up about the CD and selling it on EBAY, nothing will probably come of it and you may be able to sell it for years i don't know. :confused:

I hope you DON'T pull the plug on it myself I see all the time that you have put into it and assumed as much since you have the pics on Flickr I know how much they charge... Hope there are no hard feelings toward me, I never meant to come across as someone accusing you of copyright infringement.... :(

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Mark, I bought your CD from ebay in January I believe. What a huge undertaking it was. I have poured over the CD many times..it is a treasure trove of valuable information. I do know the amount of money, time and effort you have put in and as collector of vintage decorations and blow molds, all I can say is thank you.

I will be buying the new one you have on ebay..hopefully before you pull the plug. But I wish you wouldn't, its such a marvelous resource. Thank you!

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I am sorry Mark if you miss read what I posted... I wasn't accusing you of doing anything... Seems your post in reply to me was a bit negative in the way I am reading it anyway... I was just stating something that MAY come up about the CD and selling it on EBAY, nothing will probably come of it and you may be able to sell it for years i don't know. :confused:

I hope you DON'T pull the plug on it myself I see all the time that you have put into it and assumed as much since you have the pics on Flickr I know how much they charge... Hope there are no hard feelings toward me, I never meant to come across as someone accusing you of copyright infringement.... :(

No hard feelings, Tory. I apologize as I suppose I've been on the defensive with that eBay seller giving me a hard time. That seller has catalogs posted for sale at exhorbitant prices and blames me for not being able to sell them. What you stated about "making money" was almost verbatim his exact words.

I will see if this seller proceeds with his "threats"; his account was suspended several times for reasons unknown. If he reports me, I'll be one more customer eBay loses. Their fees are up to 26% now for fixed price listings + Pay Pal fees are almost 23%. The price of my CD is too low to begin with.

Thanks again. I hope there are no hard feelings as they were not my intention.

Mark

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Mark, I have plans on buying this CD once I have the extra cash to do so. So please don't pull the plug on this CD.

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I agree, don't pull the plug! It's a valuable resource to the BM community!

If Ebay doesn't pull the ad, keep it running!

Don't let someone acting like a brown stinky thing knock your hard work, or ruin your fun! The internet is full of people like that, you just need to learn to ignore them, and file them away where they belong!

I looked at your other Flickr pictures, I'm completely jealous of those old Christmas items you have on display in your office!

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