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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.

Would you look at this!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Oliphant Aug 6, 2018.

Buyer Beware!
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Listing as an original Volume I, No. 3, on eBay:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michele Aug 21, 2018.

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Anthony J. Chesser replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Passing of Jeffry Persons
"Rest In Peace"
Mar 25
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion November 1914: One More Additional Illustration
"Understand... Scott - time to become Tom's understudy... Mel"
Mar 25
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion November 1914: One More Additional Illustration
"Tom, How about a "monthly" filler going backwards until you've reviewed all National Geographic Magazines older than 100 years ago? Just thinking out loud here... :) Mel"
Mar 24
Scott T. Shier replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Passing of Jeffry Persons
"I am very sorry to hear this. Though I was friends with Jeffry here on the 'Corner, I never got to know him as much as I would have liked. My last few messages to him went unanswered, and now I know why. I really appreciated his enthusiasm…"
Mar 14
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Passing of Jeffry Persons
"Richard, Thank you! I've passed along some information to Lisa for review and asked that she take some time to absorb the details. I will offer your services when we have our telephone conversation in the next few days to discuss…"
Mar 13
Richard Kennedy replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Passing of Jeffry Persons
"Mel, If help is needed I can travel from Washington State to California. -- Richard"
Mar 13
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Passing of Jeffry Persons
"Follow-up: I am just beginning to discuss things with Lisa - still a little soon for making big decisions. I have discovered that most everything Jeff had was put into storage in California. Item lists and conditions are not immediately available.…"
Mar 12
Richard Kennedy replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Passing of Jeffry Persons
"Mel, Please express my condolences to Lisa and the rest of Mel's family upon his passing. Please contact me at natgeo@whovian.name to discuss what from his collection will be available. Thank you. Richard"
Mar 12
George Thomas Wilson replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Passing of Jeffry Persons
"This is sad new indeed.  Jeff was a fountain of knowledge and much help to me in my collecting.  He will be missed."
Mar 11
Charles Gannon replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Passing of Jeffry Persons
"So sorry to hear the Jeff has passed away.  I dealt with him for years.  Terrific person. Melvin, contact me at charlesegannon@gmail.com to discuss what I have interest in. Thanks"
Mar 11
Melvin L. De Vilbiss posted a discussion

Passing of Jeffry Persons

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 National Geographic. I have frequently relied on his knowledge for my research.His daughter, Lisa, has authorized me to make this announcement and has asked my assistance in the disposition of Jeffry's collection.To tell you the truth - his collection was so massive I'm not certain where to…See More
Mar 11
T.A. Ewart left a comment for Melvin L. De Vilbiss
"Hi, I was able to locate you from eBay.  I've some questions I was oping that I could ask.  Thanks."
Feb 25
T.A. Ewart left a comment for Melvin L. De Vilbiss
"Hi, I was able to locate you from eBay.  I've some questions I was oping that I could ask.  Thanks."
Feb 25
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Kathy Spears's discussion Original back issues for sale
"In that case, I would suggest you contact that first dealer to have him ship to an American address. He may have inventory not listed and when all is said and done, he will offer a multiple purchase discount. Truth be told, he's a personal…"
Feb 18
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Travis Fatzinger's discussion Vol 1 No 2 "original" 1922 reprint on ebay for $1324
"Yes"
Feb 18
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Kathy Spears's discussion Original back issues for sale
Feb 17

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About Me:
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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