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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.


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About Markie4now

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  • Birthday 09/24/1963

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  • Location
    Lexington, SC
  • Biography
    I am a medical professional who has been in nursing for 26 years. I have a passion for all things antique! I have my MBA, also. I recently acquired my PhD in Business from USC Moore School of Business.
  • Interests
    Antiqueing, Flickr, reading, vintage Christmas collecting
  • Occupation
    Hospital Development Coordinator for a non-profit organization teaching organ/tissue/eye donation.
  • About my display
    I have a huge amount of Matchless Stars, treetoppers, bubble lights, cellophane wreaths, Noma centerpieces, halo candoliers, bubble light candoliers and many other vintage items.

    I have a huge collection of vintage Christmas brochures/catalogs. I sell the CD on eBay and there is a total of 41 + an interesting article from the December 1953 Business week magazine interview with Noma Lites’ President Joseph Ward.

    This project was not a project intended to make any money; it is a compilation of brochures/catalogs/decorating guides I purchased and scanned. Through the generosity of several other collectors, I’ve been able to expand the amount of catalogs offered. With the cost of the CD, the CD labels, bubble envelopes, paper, shipping, eBay listing fees, eBay selling fees, Pay Pal fees and the actual cost of the catalogs themselves, we are not making any actual money selling this item; it is merely my gift to fellow collectors everywhere!
  1. I just tested the yahoo addres and it is working, Brad!
  2. Hi Brad: Not sure why it came back undeliverable. It is [email protected] The blowmold Santa is the one with the "Wish List"! Mark
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Brad: I have precious few blow-molds. I have a Union Santa and two giant Poloron candles fro 1968. I have several vinylite plaques. I have a lot of vintage lighting, though!
  6. Tory: This has always been a "buy-it-now" and never an auction.
  7. Sales of this CD have gone down drastically since the my friend Mel posted a link to my Flickr photostream, which means people are probably downloading the catalogs because they don't want to pay for the CD. That is fine if people want to download the thousands of pages of information, but I've blocked people from downloading the images now. I'm sure you can "right-click" on the images and download them that way, but you'll only be getting the small images and not the full-sized ones. I'm not trying to be mean, I just put a lot of time and invested a lot of money in a project to assist other collectors and it has come back to bite me. The eBay listing ends in 11 days and I will not be listing this CD again. I've got a total of 60 catalogs now. Thanks for your interest!! Mark
  8. Just as an FYI: after eBay gets their fees ($3.24) per each CD sold + the listing fees they charge + Pay Pal fees (.88) + the shipping supplies ($1.00 each bubble envelope), the actual shipping costs ($2.26) and I then factor in the cost of the CD itself (approx. $1.00/each) + the cost of each catalog (prices between $40.00 - $200.00 each) added to the time it takes to burn each CD and packaging, I am not making any money on these CDs. This has only been a hobby for me and a way to assist other collectors and sellers.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. http://cgi.ebay.com/41-Noma-Paramoun...item439d8d5a04 is where you can get a CD, David. The CD and postage alone is $3.00. I'm ending the listing on eBay and removing the catalogs from Flickr no later than Monday, 03/08/2010. Thanks. . .
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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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