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A Guide to the Annual Index (1888 - 2010) {A work in progress}
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This guide addresses the niche of “annual index” within the National Geographic Magazine (NGM) collection.Background:Not to be confused with the Cumulative Index reference books, first published in…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss Oct 8.

A Guide to the National Geographic Magazine Reprints
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References:Buxbaum, Edwin C., “Collector’s Guide to the National Geographic Magazine, 3rd Edition” @ 1971.Nathan, Roger E., “Collectibles of the National Geographic Society,” @ 1978. eBay:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss Jan 8.

National Geographic Magazine Grading Standard
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott T. Shier Dec 11, 2013.

A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 10 Dec 2013)
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Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Antonio Leite de Castro's discussion magazines missing
"Attached is my standard for grading NG magazines. We should communicate privately about pricing. I sent you a private message for this purpose. I do not believe we have had business together. If so, it had to be several years ago. I have sold very…"
5 hours ago
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Antonio Leite de Castro's discussion magazines missing
"Antonio, What do you consider "perfect" condition? I have several, ranging from fair to very good - but sending to Portugal will not be an easy task. It will also be costly. One you might be interested in is the January 1902 with both…"
14 hours ago
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to André Savard's discussion What is the value of my collection as is
"I completely understand your frustration and believe as you do Andre'. I had collected over the years well over 6,000 "extras" in addition to my own personal collection of both individual issues and bound volumes. These extras (at…"
15 hours ago
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Philip Riviere's discussion A Rare Find
"Only two bidders: one cut out after $2,000.00; the other had to keep bidding until the "reserve" was met at $4,500.00 (smart seller). As I stated, it's a depressed market (generally speaking) and the winning bid got a good deal."
Oct 25
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Philip Riviere's discussion A Rare Find
"Actually Phil, this would be considered poor condition as the front cover is separated. Nevertheless, it "should" still fetch $5,000.00 or more with one big caveat, the market is severely depressed. Keeping my eye on it for the guide…"
Oct 18
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Laura Hudson's discussion Selling my fathers collection
"Laura, This may provide you some insight: http://ngscollectors.ning.com/forum/topics/a-guide-to-selling-national-geographic-magazines-revised-10-dec-1 I am sorry for you loss and am certain this must be a difficult task for you. You may also wish to…"
Oct 12
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to the Annual Index (1888 - 2010) {A work in progress}
"Whoa! As always, just when one (read - me) thinks they have a handle on things - they learn otherwise! Again - thanks for the info (to be included in the guide). Keep it coming! Mel"
Oct 8
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion Index 0 in the group Map, Supplement, and Index Collectors
"Thanks for this information Tom. I will include it in the final draft sometime next year. You may recall, I do not collect the individual reprints. This information ads fuel to the "who-knows" factor. Also, it makes sense that the bound…"
Oct 8
George Thomas Wilson replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to the Annual Index (1888 - 2010) {A work in progress}
"Mel, This is an awesome read! I don't know if this is any help but my last version 1 (title & TOC only) is from Vol. XLI Jan-Jun 1922.  Have no clue when they stopped.  Also there was another format (with 6 b&w cover photos)…"
Oct 8
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to the Annual Index (1888 - 2010) {A work in progress}
"Scott, Please remember, as I noted in a reply to an earlier post by Tom, this isn't even a complete first draft. I got about half way through with my research and had to put it down because of other things going on back in May. I hope to resume…"
Oct 8
Scott T. Shier replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to the Annual Index (1888 - 2010) {A work in progress}
"Mel ~ wow ~ This is great. I knew you had something cooking . . . I'm off to bed now and still recovering from some issues of late, but I will print this out and read it and see if there's anything useful I can chat back with. I know Tom…"
Oct 8
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A Guide to the Annual Index (1888 - 2010) {A work in progress}

This guide addresses the niche of “annual index” within the National Geographic Magazine (NGM) collection.Background:Not to be confused with the Cumulative Index reference books, first published in 1922 (@ 1923), the annual index was published (with some exceptions) in the last numbered issue of each volume beginning with Volume II, No 5 in 1891 and ending with the last issue of Volume XX, No 12, December 1909, and thereafter as a separately published paper supplement per volume until 2010…See More
Oct 7
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion Index 0 in the group Map, Supplement, and Index Collectors
"Tom, Actually Volume VII did not have the index published in Dec 1896, rather it was published in the February 1897 issue as only the second (and last) index published in a year other than the volume issues were published. I had to stop work on my…"
Oct 7
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to St. Joseph Church's discussion Collection from 1908 to 1986
"Try the dealer's directory link on the upper left margin of the main page of this web site. Ask if they'll take them or know of anyone that might. Otherwise you might try sending a message to this lady on…"
Oct 6
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion October 1914 "Extra" Illustrations
"Scott, When I first discovered this several years ago, I had a bunch of the Oct 1914 in various conditions. Every one of them had these pictures bound in them. Now all I have is my loose collection and bound collection - and they both have these…"
Sep 26
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion October 1914 "Extra" Illustrations
"Thanks for the lead Tom! The annual index for the second half of 1914 lists all of the Japanese illustrations and the one Burma illustration. It does not list either of the Korean illustrations under any name, i.e. Korea, city, shrine or…"
Sep 26

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

Comment Wall (10 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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