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anybody know Mark Podmore?

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I was googling around and came across this dude on flickr...I still don't know WTF flickr is...but anyway...he has an awesome collection of vintage Christmas.

He has a ton of pictures and old catalogs on there. I saw a couple poloron catalogs. It's neat to look at.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/markdpodmore/

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I was googling around and came across this dude on flickr...I still don't know WTF flickr is...but anyway...he has an awesome collection of vintage Christmas.

He has a ton of pictures and old catalogs on there. I saw a couple poloron catalogs. It's neat to look at.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/markdpodmore/

hi jen

i think is the one that was or maybe still is selling a cd catalog on christmas deocrations.

gary

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yep he was on here earlier this year and I think someone made a fuss about his catalog he was selling so he stopped selling it and vanished. I think he lives across the dam in Lexington somewhere.

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yep he was on here earlier this year and I think someone made a fuss about his catalog he was selling so he stopped selling it and vanished. I think he lives across the dam in Lexington somewhere.

Jen Flickr is something you SHOULD know A LOT about!! It is a PHOTO sharing network where you share PHOTOS of just about EVERYTHING....

*Read Between the Words :)

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Jen, Mel knows him and he was on here last season. He was selling CDs on ebay that contain lots of old catalogues and such. I bought two of them and I can't say enough good about them. They were a good value, contained some very old material..lots of NOMA which I really enjoyed.

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Jen Flickr is something you SHOULD know A LOT about!! It is a PHOTO sharing network where you share PHOTOS of just about EVERYTHING....

*Read Between the Words :)

Jerk...............

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Hi Jen, I bought Mark's CD on old catalogs from e-bay earlier this year. Great cd's!!! I don't know him personally, but just dealing w/ him thru ebay he was VERY courteous & friendly. I had heard or read too that someone was giving him slack about selling them. Don't know what the outcome was, but he seemed very nice and I love the cd!

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Hi Jen: I'm still here, I just don't have much time to surf the "net" these days. I've been working on my collection and selling the CDs for a while now. Sometimes I don't renew the listing on eBay and I get messages from other collectors asking me to sell the CD, so I re-list it.

@Brad: I have a Union Blowmold Santa 42" I won't be using this year and was going to ask you if you would like to have it. E-mail me at [email protected].

I have also written a procedure for replacing bubble lights. Mel Fischer and I have know each other via the Internet for quite some time now.

Thanks!

Mark

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Thanks, Lori!! I took your advice and threw caution to the wind. I still sell the CD on eBay.

I normally get busy teaching classes in the spring up until Thanksgiving and haven't had a lot of time to do much except eBay and Flickr. I teach nurses, physicians, etc., on how to identify organ/tissue/eye donors. I work for LifePoint, SC's Organ Procurement Organization.

Have a great weekend, Everybody!

Mark

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Hi Mark...

I was just googling around and found your collection...it's nice and I know it cost you a pretty penny and then some to amass.

Glad to see you are a member. I was on hiatus when Mel made that thread on here so I didn't see it.

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