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Map, Atlas, Supplement, and Index Collectors


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

Members: 34
Latest Activity: Apr 24

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

Discussion Forum

The "New" Map Supplement Series 16 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 William Heisel Apr 24.

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.

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.

October 1996 map supplement anomaly (Federal Lands) 4 Replies

While collating my collection & duplicates of NGM map supplements this week, I realized there is a printing variation for the October 1996 supplement. See the scan side-by-side images below. One has a shaded border outside of the inner…Continue

Started by Scott T. Shier. Last reply by Scott T. Shier Apr 17, 2020.

Supplement or Not? The October 1917 Insert. 6 Replies

Supplement or Not?  The October 1917 Insert.While perusing my October 1917 "Flags Number" of the National Geographic Magazine I noticed an insert.  Completely folded, it measures 5.5 " by 4".  Unfolded once it becomes an 8" by 5.5" four-page letter…Continue

Started by George Thomas Wilson. Last reply by Scott T. Shier Apr 11, 2020.

First Poster in Awhile

There is a poster (possibly two) in the April 2020 National Geographic. This is the Earth Day special issue,  Really, it is a dual issue.  My newsstand copy has two of the same five-part foldout poster, back to back in the "Optimist's Guide" portion…Continue

Started by George Thomas Wilson Mar 23, 2020.

Questions about Post-1980 National Geographic Map Supplements 8 Replies

I have some questions about the following map supplements. Did Roger Nathan ever list any of the Making of America or Making of Canada historical map supplements as being revised or reprinted? At least 2 of the Making of America maps had errors on…Continue

Started by stephen zamarin. Last reply by stephen zamarin Mar 6, 2020.

Comment Wall

Comment by Melvin L. De Vilbiss on November 8, 2011 at 3:13pm

Not all published supplements are listed as reproductions, but a good representation is included in this list from the National Geographic.


I have never ordered from this site, but it is my understanding these modern reproductions are delivered in tubes, i.e. not folded. This makes for a beautiful display, framed or not.

"Original" speaks for itself, i.e. fragile, usually faded, hard to find, a collector's desire, expensive.

Reprints are: 1) used to validate originals, 2) and/or to complete collections back to the beginning for those like me who cannot afford to purchase the multi-thousand dollar originals, 3) and are of themselves collectibles in that they are approaching 50 years old.

Comment by Melvin L. De Vilbiss on November 8, 2011 at 3:15pm

Here's an eBay listing that includes the 1896 submarine cable chart. The seller is an excellent dealer and will work with you. Give it a try - and good luck!

Comment by Philip Riviere on November 9, 2011 at 12:17am

Thanks for the tip Mel

Comment by Scott T. Shier on December 4, 2011 at 7:46pm

Hello Group,

Well, I'm here! Hopefully I can dive in and contribute and discuss things with you. I used to be "here" all the time, but this past year + has been a trifle difficult for me (family issues).

See you 'around'.


 - Scott S.

Comment by Philip Riviere on December 4, 2011 at 8:11pm

Welcome Scott to the group !!

Comment by Melvin L. De Vilbiss on December 4, 2011 at 9:38pm

Nice to have you back - hope all is well!

Comment by Marts on April 18, 2012 at 12:38pm

Hi All,

Its good to have a group dedicated to the map collectors, there are so many I've missed in the past and for me a collection of all the issues is far from complete. 

Great to be here...


Comment by Marts on April 18, 2012 at 7:48pm

Thanks for offering Jason...

No particular one comes to mind presently but as I peruse the site, and my own collection I'm reminded ever so often.

At least I know who to come to for advise.

Comment by Philip Riviere on May 18, 2012 at 7:35pm

Welcome Scot to the Map and Suppliment collectors group.I see that Mel told you how you can get the maps you wanted on E-Bay and from  the NG Society. The 1907 polar map will probably harder to find on E-bay unless someone is selling a hardbound edition of that year or the July 1907 issue of the magazine. I have 2 copies of this map that I got by buying 1907 hardcover editions that come up for sale quite regularly. The other maps you want are very common and are easy to find on E-Bay for little money   Good Luck....Phil

Comment by Philip Riviere on June 16, 2012 at 8:42pm

Welcome Tom to the Map and Suppliment collectors group....


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