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Map, Atlas, Supplement, and Index Collectors

A place for Nat Geo Maps & Atlases, Nat Geo Supplement, and Nat Geo Magazine and Map Index collectors to discuss and swap information and ideas

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Anyone who enjoys the beauty of these maps, atlases, supplements, and indexes can join this group to share their knowledge of this very interesting specialized area of collecting Geographics

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Mistake in November 1982 Southwest Map 3 Replies

The November 1982 Making of America map of the Southwest has a mistake on it. Hualapai Peak in Arizona is shown as 8,566 meters when it should actually have been 2,566 meters.Continue

Started by stephen zamarin. Last reply by Scott T. Shier Jan 27.

The "New" Map Supplement Series 19 Replies

The “New” Map Supplement Series I know all of you are as pleased as I am that that the Cartography department has begun to publish new loose supplement maps with the magazine.  Now that their number has reached seven, I am really starting to feel…Continue

Started by George Thomas Wilson. Last reply by Scott T. Shier Sep 19, 2023.

Map Supplement Question February 1892 3 Replies

Hello,Would you mind to set my possible error straight?In my list of supplements I have 2 maps listed under February 1892, and wonder if they are 2 separate maps or if it is just one map with 2 different names.Carte Generale Des Decouvertes De…Continue

Started by Helena Zar. Last reply by Helena Zar Jun 6, 2023.

War Maps from the National Geographic 3 Replies

War Maps from the National Geographic The National Geographic Society has a rich history of providing its members up-to-date information on the human condition.  This, unfortunately, includes war.  The Society’s cartography department is no…Continue

Started by George Thomas Wilson. Last reply by George Thomas Wilson Jun 1, 2023.

A Visual Presentation of Map Indices

A Visual Presentation of Map Indicesand a call for scanned images of Map Index covers Combining my fascination with metadata and my general love of maps, the National Geographic Map Index series is one of my favorite portions of my overall…Continue

Started by George Thomas Wilson Dec 23, 2022.

Mistake In 1983 Atlantic Gateways Map 4 Replies

I have uncovered a mistake in the March 1983 Atlantic Gateways map. The town of Hershey, Pennsylania is misspelled as Hersey on the map.StephenContinue

Started by stephen zamarin. Last reply by Scott T. Shier Mar 31, 2022.

Mistake in 1987 Antarctica map supplement 2 Replies

I have uncovered an error in the April 1987 Antarctica map supplement. On the upper right hand corner, it says Volume 171 Number 6. It actually should be Volume 171 Number 4.StephenContinue

Started by stephen zamarin. Last reply by George Thomas Wilson Nov 13, 2021.

Question about Close-Up USA map 6 Replies

Hi,Does anyone have a 1986 or later version of the Close-Up USA map of Florida. If so, could someone tell me if the town of Coconut Grove is shown on the map.StephenContinue

Started by stephen zamarin. Last reply by George Thomas Wilson Jul 24, 2021.

Mexico Map from 1911 vs 1914 vs 1916 8 Replies

Hello,I have recently bought some map supplements and the seller added one map stating "Mexico from 20s".After checking the 20s, all I found was a map supplement from 1911, 1914 and 1916.Is there a way to find out what year did I get?Thank you.HelenaContinue

Started by Helena Zar. Last reply by Helena Zar Dec 10, 2020.

Post-Nathan Map Indexes 39 Replies

BackgroundIn his book “Collectibles of the National Geographic Society” (1982) Roger Nathan carefully documents each map supplement published with a list that includes year, month, name, additional descriptive information, and dimensions (pages…Continue

Tags: indexes, map

Started by George Thomas Wilson. Last reply by George Thomas Wilson Jul 2, 2020.

Comment Wall

Comment by Jeremy on November 3, 2011 at 11:59am

The two-sided map supplements are uniquely National Geographic.

My interest is not as much about archiving them, but more into their display.

The Hindsight Frame is a way to display both sides of these maps, vertically or horizontally, and change posters easily.

My website is:

The comprehensive list that Philip made is great !


Comment by Philip Riviere on November 3, 2011 at 6:50pm

Welcome Jeremy to NG Map & Suppliment Collectors (and displayers !) I personally do display some of my maps but I use pushpins in the corners. These maps (my 3rd copies of a map) I keep for display and not for sale because of the holes in the corners.  

Your specialty is the  more modern (Post 1970) double sided maps and the frames to display them. I will be posting large pictures(500k) of these 1970-2011 maps(both sides) on this site in the future.

Comment by Melvin L. De Vilbiss on November 5, 2011 at 9:14pm


With regard to topic number 2, this excel spreadsheet is a compiled list of all "plates" for the first 13 National Geographic Volumes (1888-1902). The use of plates included maps, drawings and pictures among other things, of normal page size and "larger" than the printed page. Some in this later category were supplemental inserts, but most were foldouts bound into the magazine.



Comment by Melvin L. De Vilbiss on November 5, 2011 at 9:25pm


The reprints were from 1888 through 1907.

The number of 1000 official reprint copies represents "only" the individual issues.

It has never been "officially" determined how many sets of the bound format the National Geographic Society published.

Of course, this also means the total number of reprinted supplements that accompanied these bound sets, many of which have been separated from their original issues, has never been accounted for.


Comment by Philip Riviere on November 5, 2011 at 10:46pm

Welcome Mel to the NG map & suppliment collectors.

Thanks for posting the spreadsheet on early plates & maps.. It clarifies some issues for me. I have acquired bound  volumes 1-6 and 10  in book format (reprints only.... on a retired teacher's pension)...I'm trying to get ALL the maps...I think I need only 16 more maps (Years: 1896,1898, 1900,1902,1904 and 1 map in 05)  to have a complete set. 

Comment by Melvin L. De Vilbiss on November 6, 2011 at 1:43pm


I am curious about topic #4. Have you observed and annotated this anomaly, i.e. reprint supplements issued with these reprint publications that “do not have” the word reprint on them?


Comment by Melvin L. De Vilbiss on November 7, 2011 at 2:20pm


I did some quick research to answer my own question relating to topic #4 above.


I do not collect the reprint (individual) issues, but do have a complete set of bound reprint issues and have used these as my reference.

Also, I have only six of the first 36 issues of the magazine and cannot reference the original condition or format for these magazines.

What I found:

For the first twenty years of publications, all “larger than printed page” pictures/charts/maps/etc. were tipped into the issue they were published in, with the following exceptions:

Vol.       #            Date                    Title

*VII       3            Mar 1896           Plate X - Chart – Submarine Cables of the World et al

IX           4            Apr 1898            Plate 4 - The Gold and Coal Fields of Alaska et al

X            6            Jun 1899             Plate 5 - Theater of Military Operations in Luzon 1899

X            12          Dec 1899            Plate XIV - Map of the Seat of War in Africa 1899

*XI         9            Sep 1900            Plate 9 - Map of North Eastern China

XIII         1            Jan 1902             (Not plates) Two (2) maps – Progress Map of Signal Corps et al


Reprint items “larger than the printed page” tipped into their corresponding issue were NOT labeled with the word reprint. Of those items NOT tipped in, but included as an insert, most included the word “Reprint” with the exception of the two items “*” asterisked above.

Comment by Philip Riviere on November 7, 2011 at 6:02pm
Makes me wonder how many early "reprint"  maps are being sold as originals...
Comment by Melvin L. De Vilbiss on November 7, 2011 at 8:33pm

This is possible, especially for the uninitiated.

However, the following are reasons why it shouldn’t be too great a problem:

What was tipped into the reprints was also tipped into the originals (to the best of my knowledge). Therefore, there should not be a plethora of loose articles either in demand or for sale, i.e. they would only be sold as part of a complete issue (both reprint and original).

The reprint paper was specifically chosen by the NGS to make it distinct from the original issues; hence, the well advised should be able to readily detect the differences.

Only two items that were, in their original format, loose inserts were not labeled with the word “reprint” in their reprint format. Here again, the material should make it easy to detect a newer production, but even so, there exists only two such examples – and how many people are trying to locate those two items?

By the way, I believe you can order from the National Geographic Society reproductions of all their supplements.

Comment by Philip Riviere on November 8, 2011 at 12:57am

Yes, I know of the NG Society selling reproductions but only from their Great Britain site. Not found on the U.S. site... 

 What would be the differences be between repos, originals, and reprints?


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