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  • Catonsville, MD
  • United States
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June 1985 - The Afghan Girl
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June 1985 – The Afghan Girl The cover photo to the June 1985 issue of the National Geographic is without a doubt the most iconic image ever to appear in our beloved magazine.  It has been praised and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott T. Shier Nov 20.

100 Years Ago: November 1920
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100 Years Ago: November 1920 This is the seventieth installment in my series of reviews of one-hundred-year-old National Geographic magazines. …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss Nov 1.

100 Years Ago: October 1920

100 Years Ago: October 1920 This is the 69th installment in a series of reviews of National Geographic magazines to commemorate the centennial of their publication. …Continue

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100 Years Ago: September 1920

100 Years Ago: September 1920 This is the sixty-eighth installment in my series of reviews of National Geographic magazines written upon their one hundredth anniversary of publication. …Continue

Started Aug 27


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Scott T. Shier replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion Lullabies in the group Sounds & Music of the Society ~ music, audio, soundtracks, LP's ...
"I have not perused my December issue yet to have seen this Tom. Thanks for sharing. Here's a scan of the cover of a Nat Geo cd from 2002, titled "Lullabies"   ---->"
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LullabiesA new way to include sound into a National Geographic article.Not since the Churchill/Space/Whales Sound Sheets has the National Geographic Society been able to incorporate sound into a National Geographic article. The article in question is entitled "Songs to Soothe", written by Hannah Reyes Morales.…See More
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George Thomas Wilson replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion The National Geographic as a Cultural Fixture (Part 3) in the group Outside Looking In: How the World views the Yellow Border (and all that's in it)
"Note: I just added a citation with photo for a Nat Geo wall map of the world that appeared in an episode of "NCIS" which aired 11/24/09."
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George Thomas Wilson replied to Wendy Thrasher's discussion Complete Collections
"Sorry, the best way to describe the state of my collection is "organized chaos".  I keep meaning to get it presentable but life keeps getting in the way.  Maybe some day. As for the Newsstand copies, I've only been buying…"
George Thomas Wilson replied to Wendy Thrasher's discussion Complete Collections
"Including the 99 reprints I mentioned, I have a complete collection. 1888 to 1895 are all reprints. 1896 to 1907 are mixed. 1908 to 2020 are originals. I just got the December 2020 newsstand copy, still waiting for my subscription copy."
George Thomas Wilson replied to Wendy Thrasher's discussion Complete Collections
"Back when the Geographic was young, it was a common practice to have complete volumes of any magazine, not just ours, bound.  Back then binderies were common.  They would usually remove the covers and all advertisements from the…"
George Thomas Wilson replied to Wendy Thrasher's discussion Subscription Magazines vs Magazine Stand Magazines
"Wendy, You are correct about the inserts.  In the newsstand issues there often are invitations to subscribe to the magazine and occasionally a promotional world map, while in the subscription issues there are things like the Society's…"
George Thomas Wilson replied to Wendy Thrasher's discussion Complete Collections
"Wendy, Apologies for getting back to you so late on this topic but I was visiting my daughter who had her first child (my sixth grandchild) and it has taken me a while to get back into the swing of things.  I wanted to respond earlier but…"
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Three-page Cover to the December 2020 National Geographic(Newsstand Copy)
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Scott T. Shier replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion June 1985 - The Afghan Girl
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Profile Information

Catonsville, Maryland
Why do you wish to join this community?
To better enjoy my collection.
About Me:
Retired Programmer. Looking to complete my NatGeo collection.

I have a completed, individual issue collection with 100 of the 179 from the first 20 years being 1964 reprints including all 36 "red bricks".

In addition I have a complete map & supplement collection, again with 1964 reprints to fill in the earliest ones.

I also have a complete volume/annual index collection either in-issue or loose pamphlet as well as cumulative indexes.

Also, I have 84 Map Indexes (still need 14 of those); a bound copy of "The Physiography of the United State" (1896) including all 10 monographs; 15 National Geographic parodies; 87 or so other publications with articles about National Geographic; 59 Article Reprints; and various other items.
Favorite National Geographic publication:
Issue: September 1912 (the headless headhunter photo)
Map: January 1902 (Progress map of the Philippines)
Map Index: 1961 (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics)
Index: January 1901 (Volume XI Jan-Dec 1900)
Article Reprint: March 1964 (The Last Full Measure)
Parody: January 29, 1966 (National Press Club)
Favorite travel destination:
Definitely Hawaii. Runners up: West Virginia, Florida, and Idaho.


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At 5:51pm on August 14, 2012, Michael C. Therrell said…

Hey George.  I struggle with technology, so I hope this message reaches you.  The 1888-1907 reprint set I have is hard bound.  My phone number is 425-750-0522 if you have any more questions.  Thanks for responding.  Mike

At 10:50am on August 17, 2013, P. Van Voast said…
Those reprints are still available. I am a total novice on what to ask for them. Guess I'll have to do some research. Perhaps you might tell me what a "fair" price might be?
At 7:59pm on October 23, 2013, David Levey said…

George- check out to see what is happening at headquarters. In any event, Catonsville isn't that far- I'm out that way every once in a while on my way to downtown Baltimore. Come over for a visit- send an e-mail to and we'll figure out a time.

At 4:04pm on September 25, 2014, Scott T. Shier said…

LOVE the background image you've updated with !! It's a beautiful sight, and I wish I had a 'mattress' of Geos to lay upon, lol.

At 10:46pm on September 29, 2014, Linda Boyd said…

Thanks Tom.  I will take a closer look at eBay and see what I can find in my price range to supplement my missing issues.

At 3:37am on October 10, 2014, shreya pamulapati said…

Thank you Mr.Wilson. Though I have been collecting NG magazines for a few years now, I am new to the maps collection. So far my love for NG Mags and maps in general have been exclusive. I will definitely check out this group.

At 12:51pm on January 29, 2015, Jeffry Persons said…

Hi Tom,

My name is Jeff Persons and I was reading your post regarding the 1988 maps of the world with and without the Supplement line.  I was wondering if the one without the line was folded or flat.  The ones that I have that are flat (purchased from the Society) do not have the line.  I am not sure how to contact you as I am just learning how to navigate the site.  I have been collecting for over 50 years and have a very large collection of everything related to NG.



At 9:18am on February 3, 2015, James McNutt said…

Thank you, found the magazine, Dec 1925 "Cattle", I was way wrong on the year. James McNutt DVM

At 2:07pm on March 31, 2015, Keith Sargent said…

Are you on-line now? Really?

At 11:25am on January 6, 2016, Jeffry Persons said…

Tom,  Yes he does have it listed as a "detachable map"- pages 93-98.  He also states that a pocket version of this map was available at Explorers Hall.

He also mentions the July 1989 double map error of France and Historical France where the first copies did not include Ireland in the Irish Sea.  These copies were sent to the Canadian addresses and the Pacific addresses before the mistake was discovered.

Also another aside is the February 1991 supplement Middle East/Studies in Turmoil.  There were 50,000 copies donated to the Armed Forces of the US with a note indicating this on the lower left-hand corner of the map.

And lastly the Map 1994 Alaska Political/Pictorial was also printed in March 1994 for the book Alaska's Wildlife Treasures

I hope this helps; have a great day!


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