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Guess what I just discovered...
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The July 1907 map supplement tipped into the magazine had two versions.The first had the information posted in the top right margin stating this was a supplement for the July 1907 issue.The second…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott T. Shier Sep 29.

An interesting piece of minutia, re: Volume I Title page front & back
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There is but one way any collector may view/touch a Volume I Title page.The collector must have had access to a complete original Volume II, No. 5.Generally speaking, the NGS published a Title Page,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss Apr 14.

Passing of Jeffry Persons
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I am sad to announce the passing of Jeffry Persons last Friday.Jeffry had been a long term member of this forum and was known for having one of the largest and most complete collections of all things…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Anthony J. Chesser Mar 25.

Total Number of Reprints Published by the National Geographic Society (NGS)
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In a letter dated July 13, 1989, signed by Eugenia M. Ryan, Research Correspondence for the NGS, a copy of which was posted on the National Geographic Collector’s Corner forum by Mr. Jeffry Persons…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Douglas Groenendijk Sep 11, 2019.

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Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Wendy Thrasher's discussion Complete Collections
"Quoting Edwin C. Buxbaum's 3rd Edition @ 1971, Chapter 24, last paragraph on pg. 381: "To sum up the census situation, there are something like 215 to 225 complete sets of originals of the National Geographic Magazine extant in the world.…"
Nov 12
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Wendy Thrasher's discussion Complete Collections
"Florida, Oklahoma and Australia - that's about as much detail as I'm willing to divulge. There may very well be others on this forum who choose not to advertise it. But, complete sets do exist."
Nov 11
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Wendy Thrasher's discussion Complete Collections
"I know of three complete "all-originals" sets, one of which stopped at the year 2012."
Nov 10
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion 100 Years Ago: November 1920
"As always - well done Tom!"
Nov 1
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion A Question for Mel
"Friend request sent..."
Oct 16
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Anthony J. Chesser's discussion Fixing National Geographics
"Practice with magazines you can afford to lose. Practice makes perfect! Enjoy! And, you're welcome! Mel"
Oct 7
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Anthony J. Chesser's discussion Fixing National Geographics
"AJ Here's a reference you should…"
Oct 5
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Scott T. Shier's discussion "National Geographic's newest adventure: a color television series" ~ 1965 debut of "Specials" and NGM tear-outs
"Thank you Scott - well done! Mel"
Oct 1
Scott T. Shier replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Guess what I just discovered...
"neat find, thanks for showing me Tom"
Sep 29
George Thomas Wilson replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Guess what I just discovered...
"Scott, A little off topic here, but when you posted this photo, I had to rummage through my collection to find this little item: In your "Outside Looking In" Group I have a list of item in my possession published by outside sources about…"
Sep 29
Scott T. Shier replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Guess what I just discovered...
"Stephen, see my above reply to Mel. Thanks!"
Sep 27
Scott T. Shier replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Guess what I just discovered...
"Mel, Actually my theory got turned around once I located the book I was seeking in my holdings. So here is a 1909 book published by Frederick A. Stokes Co., "The North Pole" by Robert E. Peary. It came with an glued-in map in on the back…"
Sep 27
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion Hardbound National Geographic Articles/Compilations in the group Ephemera & Collectibles ~ odds n' ends
"Well done Tom - thank you for sharing! Mel"
Sep 3
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Scott T. Shier's discussion 2020 NGM slipcases available with this phone #
"Good work Scott!"
Sep 1
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion A Question for Mel
"Tom, From the first issue through December 2012 I maintain an inventory of loose supplements (pictures/recordings/supplements{e.g. special advertisements}), this includes items that are "tipped-in or bound-in with perforated pages" such…"
Aug 26
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Tom Cilmi's discussion Value of collection???
Aug 19

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Collecting since the mid '70s, I didn't get serious about it until 2001. Now I'm hooked!

Comment Wall (15 comments)

At 6:47am on June 7, 2010, Claude Belisle said…
Melvin,
Can you send me an email at belisle@mat.ulaval.ca ?
Thank you.
Claude
At 8:00pm on October 13, 2010, Keith Sargent said…
I grew up with NG's and my parents bought me a lifetime subscription when I was 15. I've finally decided to stop at 1909 (I hope), because several years back, I purchased a bound volume for that year. I had stopped at 1913 (the year my dad was born), but that three year gap bothered me; then, three months ago, I found someone selling his early 1910's and picked up 1910-1913 (about $20 each). I purchased the 1913's to get the one issue I was missing - April (Machu Picchu). I feel really satisfied now. I'm only missing May 1923, "At the Tomb of Tutankhamen" How far back does your collection go?
At 8:48am on April 17, 2012, Dale said…

Hi Mel,

Sorry to say, but I only have spares of V3 #1 (May'91) and #5 (Feb '92), both VG+ copies.

Dale

At 9:29pm on May 7, 2012, Freddie L. Smith said…
I will be happy to send a list to you. Possibly by
the weekend.
At 10:40pm on May 7, 2012, Freddie L. Smith said…
Individual copies: (o) original (r) reprint
These are spares be willing to swap-trade
Etc..
1900
Jan-O
April-O
May-O
1899
Jan-O
Feb-O
Aug-O
Nov-R
1897
July-Aug-O
1896
Feb(2)-O
May-O-missing back cover
1894
Jan,31-R
May,23-R
1893
April,29-R
1888
Vol. 1 # 1
At 11:10am on September 10, 2012, Pier C. RONCHIETTO said…

I got a message from you regarding some very old issues . My E-mail is caio@mweb.co.za and my name is Pier Ronchietto. Can you giveme you Emails address?

Thanks 

Pier 

At 2:49pm on November 9, 2012, Lia Calder said…

Dear Melvin,

We're looking foward to sell the whole collection, not just a single volume... Let me know if you are still interested.

Best relagrd, Lia

At 12:24am on December 4, 2012, Sivaramakrishnan Balakrishnan said…

Hi Melvin - I am new to collecting the National Geographic magazines and so at this point I am looking to buy the more extensive collections - but quite clearly the more recent vintages (like 1950s onwards - unless there's a way to get the earlier years at a reasonable price) - since the very very early vintages (late 1800s-early 1900s) are quite out of my reach (and intent).

At 12:12pm on October 30, 2013, Dawn S said…

Hello Melvin, thank you for friend requesting me.  Mine or the bound set for 1964 I believe.

At 8:20pm on November 1, 2013, Sandra J. Phipps said…

We have a few from 1917   however,    January 1965 through 1988 the collection is non stop, and complete. He got them every month . He died 1987 and mom never renewed. '.

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