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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: 35
Latest Activity: Jan 22

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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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.

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, 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.

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.

Comment Wall

Comment by George Thomas Wilson on June 19, 2012 at 1:03pm

Phil,  Good to be here.  I just finished gathering and sorting my maps and documenting them on XYZ Collectibles.  I still need to go through my attic and look for stragglers.  After that I'll probably start filling in the holes from eBay.

Comment by Philip Riviere on June 19, 2012 at 6:27pm


Let me know what you need after you do your  inventory. I have hundreds of duplicates from the 1890's (reprints) to the present. I need only 11 maps myself (1899 to 1904) to have a complete set of maps and suppliments.



Comment by George Thomas Wilson on July 22, 2012 at 10:09pm

This is a question for Phil, or anyone else who is knowlegable about old NG maps.

I have a map of Mexico with no Month or Year that I can find anywhere.  It is either from May 1911 or May 1914.  Does anyone know which issue this map is from?



Comment by Melvin L. De Vilbiss on July 22, 2012 at 11:16pm

Tom, there were three undated maps of Mexico published in the teens. The easiest way to differentiate between them is to locate the scale (within the Title box).

May 1911: Near the bottom of the box (located at the lower left of the map), below the scale shows one symbol for "Railways"

May 1914: Same location of box, but below the scale, their are two symbols for Railways - "Open" & "In Progress"

July 1916 is an entirely different map with the Title box and scales located top center right.

Hope this helps.


Comment by George Thomas Wilson on July 23, 2012 at 11:38am

Thanks Mel.  That means I hve the 1911 version.  Now I know which one I need to look for.  BTW, I have the 1916 map & I remember a copywrite year on it but no issue month/year.  The map in question has neither that I can see.


Comment by Melvin L. De Vilbiss on July 23, 2012 at 4:18pm


You are correct on all points!

New subject: To make it easier for all of us on "The Map and Supplement Collectors" forum, we should post our next question as a "new subject." This will make it easier to navigate, by suject, on this forum. I have been guilty of simply adding to this thread, but will make any new posting as a "new topic."

Good luck with locating your missing map Tom. A couple of new posts on the main forum indicate someone may have what you're looking for.


Comment by Philip Riviere on July 23, 2012 at 7:08pm

Welcome Greg to the Map and Supplement Collectors group...Also congrats on your successful sale of your extra maps & supplements at very fair prices..



Comment by Marts on July 23, 2012 at 7:47pm

Hi everyone, this question is actually for George or anyone else doesnt matter really...
I see you all mentioned that site XYZ Collectibles how good is it? I've been searching for eons for some means of documenting my nat geos...
Any ideas or advice? Currently I've just got them all on a spreadsheet...

Comment by Philip Riviere on July 24, 2012 at 9:41pm


XYZ is a very good site to list your Nat Geo Mags and your Map Supplements as a separate list. My collections are listed there as are a few other collectors from this Nat Geo site


Comment by Marts on July 25, 2012 at 7:15am

Thanks, I'll try it!!


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