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Melvin L. De Vilbiss
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My boy, Mace...
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Please indulge me for a moment as I make a non-NGS post. Several of my acquaintances on this forum know of my aged companion, Mace (my picture to the left). Tom actually met him prior to our move…Continue

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

July 1907 Anomaly
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Re: “original” map supplementI have previously noted on this forum that the 1964 National Geographic Reprint map supplements are not “all” marked as reprints.Two loose supplements, provided as such…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss Jan 2.

April 1905 Anomaly
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It is believed, as supported by Buxbaum’s research, that within a publication month/issue, the National Geographic Society often had “reprints” made during the early years of the NGS. Sometimes an…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss Dec 16, 2014.

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, 2014.

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Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion My boy, Mace...
"Thank you Myra - I too hope to I see him on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. Mel"
Jan 14
Myra Murphy replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion My boy, Mace...
"Losing our furbabies is never easy.  I'm sad for your loss, I'm sure Mace knew he was loved and will be waiting for you at Rainbow Bridge. Sincerely, Myra An animal lover and advocate"
Jan 14
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion My boy, Mace...
"Thank you all! Your thoughts are much appreciated! Mel"
Jan 12
John Shaddock replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion My boy, Mace...
"My thoughts go out to you Mel during this trying time. "
Jan 10
Philip Riviere replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion My boy, Mace...
"I also add my condolences  Mel. They are true companions..."
Jan 10
George Thomas Wilson replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion My boy, Mace...
"Condolences Mel.  He was a friendly dog."
Jan 10
Melvin L. De Vilbiss posted a discussion

My boy, Mace...

Please indulge me for a moment as I make a non-NGS post. Several of my acquaintances on this forum know of my aged companion, Mace (my picture to the left). Tom actually met him prior to our move from Maryland in 2013. We lost him on the 5th of January, a faithful companion for more than 15 years, he was always next to me while I worked on my magazine collection in our library and on the computer. I will miss him dearly.See More
Jan 10
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Jefferey R. Parker's discussion Magazine Slip Cases
"A close up example of the labels:"
Jan 7
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Jefferey R. Parker's discussion Magazine Slip Cases
"You could also purchase the 1950's dated slipcases (already the appropriate size for the thicker 1920's issues) and place the labels on them. Many ways to skin.... whatever the problem is. I chose the label machine with black background…"
Jan 7
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Chad Traywick's discussion Looking for slip covers /binders for pre-70's editions
"The dealer on eBay that goes by "creativesold" had a complete set of used slip cases from 1950 to 2000. I do not believe he has sold them as yet, nor do I believe he has posted them on eBay for sale. You can check his store out and/or send…"
Jan 4
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Abramo Russo's discussion Hello...can someone help me to know if the cronology below is correct?
"Excellent point Lloyd! Thank you for your attention to detail, which, in my opinion, makes collecting the NGM interesting, if not a bit tedious. Please note that my master copy was my first work at assembling my inventories, I have not kept it…"
Jan 4
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion July 1907 Anomaly
"Thanks for the input Phil! Mel"
Jan 2
Philip Riviere replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion July 1907 Anomaly
"Of the 3 1907 maps I have 2 originals  and 1 reprint,  all have the supplement to the national geographic magazine in the upper right hand margin. All 3 are from bound issues. Phil "
Jan 2
Melvin L. De Vilbiss posted a discussion

July 1907 Anomaly

Re: “original” map supplementI have previously noted on this forum that the 1964 National Geographic Reprint map supplements are not “all” marked as reprints.Two loose supplements, provided as such in both the original and 1964 reprint, do not include the word “REPRINT” anywhere in their 1964 reproduction.But for the purpose of this discussion, it is important to note that all supplements bound within, and not included as loose supplements in the reproduction, are without the word “REPRINT”…See More
Jan 1
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion 100 Years Ago: January 1915
"Thanks Tom - a very interesting read! Mel"
Jan 1

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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 (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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