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Thursday
Charles Gannon left a comment for Frances Payne
"Hello Frances...My name is Charles Gannon and I have been a long time NGS Collector and collaborator with the NGS Archives. Scott Shier shared your correspondence with him concerning the NGS flag handed down from your father's time with the…"
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Jun 12
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Jun 12
Frances Payne commented on Scott T. Shier's album
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National Geographic Society Flag

"Dear Scott, How very kind of you to respond to me regarding the NGS flag mystery. Has it really been ten years since we last corresponded? Hard to believe, but it has been a busy time with many changes. Not to mention I seem to have a difficult time…"
Jun 12
Frances Payne joined Scott T. Shier's group
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Ephemera & Collectibles ~ odds n' ends

Hello, welcome -Please share any photos, story(-ies) and information about special N.G.S. items you may have. This group is probably best defined to cover things such as:NGM variants, misprints... ,membership correspondence//invitations,certificates,medals/coins,flags,parody/spoof items,...perhaps 'insider' items from H.Q. such as mugs, pencils, etc. ,Press/promo items, kits, photos,alternate NGM covers used for non-U.S. NGM's, or limited/regional U.S. newsstand copiesand much more!Best,     ~…See More
Jun 12
Scott T. Shier left a comment for Frances Payne
Jun 9
Scott T. Shier commented on Frances Payne's status
"Dear Ms. Frances Payne,  I hope this helps, as I had shared this/these here @ our 'Corner years ago: 1)mini-NGS flag link and, 2) memory lane: Recalling NG's Flag origins + meaning I hope you are well, and I had sent you a…"
Jun 9
Frances Payne posted a status
"Hoping that someone can provide information about unusual NGS flag."
Jun 8

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Hometown:
Olney, MD
Why do you wish to join this community?
I grew up with NGS as my father had a 55 year career with the Society.
About Me:
Retired Social Worker. Although I was certainly on the periphery, my father's many years with the Society fostered my great admiration for the NGS and allowed me to experience second hand some of its amazing endeavors. My pride in my father's lifelong career is boundless.
Favorite National Geographic publication:
I enjoy them all, but am especially fond of some of the initial books that the Society created and that I spent many hours enjoying as I was growing up. I still have their first 1930's two volumes "The Book of Birds". And I continue to admire and enjoy their many books since.
Favorite travel destination:
Italy

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At 6:25am on June 9, 2024, Scott T. Shier said…

At 8:22pm on June 12, 2024, Scott T. Shier said…

At 8:46pm on June 12, 2024, Scott T. Shier said…

At 3:19pm on July 18, 2024, Charles Gannon said…

Hello Frances...My name is Charles Gannon and I have been a long time NGS Collector and collaborator with the NGS Archives. Scott Shier shared your correspondence with him concerning the NGS flag handed down from your father's time with the NGS. Unfortunately, I cannot help you solve the mystery of the origins of the flag. My limited knowledge concerning NGS flags tells me that the flag is more modern than old. The importance and value of the flag would be determined by its connection to a certain expedition or event.

However, I must say I am excited to meet you. My collaboration with the NGS over the past 30 years has been essentially about the NGS - USAAC Stratosphere Flights of 1934 & 1935. An event that your father was deeply involved in. With my research and the NGS Archives patience, I have, by default, become the off-campus expert on the flights. I am currently helping caption the nearly 2,500 photos taken (mostly by Richard Stewart) during the preparations and flights of Explorer & Explorer II. Your father is a very young and handsome man in the photos. I would be both excited and thrilled to speak with you about your father and his role in the flights. Please feel free to contact me at charlesegannon@gmail or 765.610.1104. I am retired, so anytime would be fine.

Best wishes...Charles

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