Hello Fellow 'Corner members,
So, now I come to my overview of the little personal "Titanic ~ Nat Geo" book I made. I posted the sample images of it on Monday, and I began my story of the history of my interest and passion in/for National Geographic, and the TITANIC yesterday.
Ideally, I would have wanted to have my book contents bound into a standard format book with a hard spine and hard covers, but due to local binding options, I had to do the cheaper, quicker option: spiral/coil binding. However, I did quickly realize a few "pros" about doing it this way.
*to wit: they won't hardbound just one book/copy; I would have needed a minimum qty. order, ha-ha.
1] I can always add, subtract, and re-arrange my book if and when it suits me, or I may find something I overlooked. In fact, this book has been un-coiled and re-colied 3 times since I first made it last April.
2] it allows one to lay the articles and fold-outs flat on the table for more convenient viewing and looking -- something you can't do with an NGM copy, or usually a book as wll.
3] it was cheaper and I could get the book fast after I had prepped everything.
This book is where I find that "The Complete National Geographic on DVD-rom" proved its value. For all the departments feature pages I included, I simply printed these pages out on regular white paper. It saved a lot of work dismantling actual NGM issues for what amounted to 1 page per ; also, it would have been silly to have to go and purchase all those issues on eBay for a page here or there.
As I mentioned in Part I, I already had the first 5 main article/NGM copies as my very first Nat Geo-on-eBay purchase, and I merely added an extra April 2012 copy to the mix.
I spent a lot of time trying different things for my custom pages, and in fact, wasted a lot of ink and paper! But once it was finished, I didn't care! If you look closely you'll notice that I put a shadow or mirror effect under many of my custom pages, such as the cover image I selected. None of these self-made 'other' inclusions came from any NGS source.
Note that I used the old NGM top Laruel garland on my cover. I loved that header on NGM and have missed it dearly since they dumped it (e.g., Sept. 2000).
I literally made this book from April 14-16th, of 2013. That's how I "celebrated" the anniversary last year. Usually I watch a movie or read a book to commemorate the date. In 2004 & 2012 I also went to the Titanic: The Exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Science and Arts.
Rather than clutter up this message with Contents text, I am attaching the Word.doc if you care to look at it. It shows my precise ordering and structure of my book. I am amused that's it's one of a kind, but I also know that it's an amateur effort. For me the value is/was in the enjoyment of making it, and the convenience of having ALL Titanic material from NGM in one handy item.
best to all,
here's the direct album link to the photos I shared --->
You are the " true" Nat Geo collector.. You get immense pleasure from ALL things National Geographic. Wonderful job
...thank-you again Phil.
Your passion for the Nat Geo and for Titanic struck a chord. While I've been a collector since the early 1970's, first as a gatherer, later with a subscription, and more recently as an active collector; I first fell in love with the Nat Geo in the early 1960's. When I was 10, the first man was launched into space. At the time, watching "Rocky Jones" on Saturday mornings, I thought people flew in space all the time. This was my first reality check. I started to gather articles and newspaper clippings about space and astronomy. I still have several Life Magazines on the subject and, of course, all the Nat Geo's.
My favorite issue at the time was September 1962. I read the article "I Fly the X-15" more times than I can remember. My second favorite was May 1963 "Mariner Scans a Lifeless Venus". That article gave me a new perspective: the earth as a planet. This is probably why I am so into maps.
And your close-to-your-heart faves strike a chord with me. I love the 1960's space-age articles and covers of NGM !
Thank you for your nice comment, and sharing your memories. I like how you characterize your collecting early-on as "a gatherer". Ha. Maybe I'll have to steal that label.