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Melvin L. De Vilbiss
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November 1909 Anomaly (two versions of advertisements)
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Note: in both versions all ad pages, except for one side of one page, are exactly the same.The sixth (double sided) page from the back cover is different.Version 1:The side facing the back cover has…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by George Thomas Wilson on Sunday.

Look at this map collection?
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Phil/Tom - thinking of you guys specifically...…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss May 27.

A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 31 December 2016)
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{Includes Bound Volumes + Reprints (Bound and Individual)} eBay:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Feb 1.

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Today, my wife and I had the pleasure of meeting Richard Root and his wife (see his posting below).They often vacation in Texas and, by way of selling some of his NG inventory, came to pass through…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dale Jan 31, 2016.

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George Thomas Wilson replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion November 1909 Anomaly (two versions of advertisements)
"Thanks for the minutia, Mel. It's always interesting."
Sunday
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November 1909 Anomaly (two versions of advertisements)

Note: in both versions all ad pages, except for one side of one page, are exactly the same.The sixth (double sided) page from the back cover is different.Version 1:The side facing the back cover has the following ad:The top half is a photograph of “The Home of the National Geographic Society, Washington D.C.”The bottom half is the NGS form, “Recommendation for Membership…”Version 2:The side facing the back cover has the following ad:Top 2/3rd “The Latest Books A SPECIAL arrangement…”Bottom…See More
Sunday
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion Colorized Version of Sept.1900 China Map in the group Map, Atlas, Supplement, and Index Collectors
"Ahhhh - but you're getting closer. Good Luck!"
Jul 14
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion Colorized Version of Sept.1900 China Map in the group Map, Atlas, Supplement, and Index Collectors
"In the back of the 1922 Cumulative Index (the first CI) there is an advertisement page that includes maps made available for purchase by the Society. The map of "North Eastern China" was not among any of them, colorized or otherwise. These…"
Jul 13
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion Colorized Version of Sept.1900 China Map in the group Map, Atlas, Supplement, and Index Collectors
"Tom, I have two originals (very thin and fragile paper) and one bound reprint (with no indication printed on the stiff map paper that it is a reprint) that are all black-and-white. I looked through every cumulative index for "Map of North…"
Jul 13
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion My "Favorites" List
"Excellent choices all! Well done Tom! Mel"
Jul 2
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Chris's discussion Please Help - National Geographic bound years - are these reprints or originals 1897 - 1907
"Chris, This is a copy of what I sent you by email (with grammatical corrections I failed to make), perhaps others can comment based on their experiences. Bottom Line: They appear to be authentic originals.   Older browning paper versus glossy…"
Jun 18
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Cristina 's discussion I have 1982 to 2003 full sets of National Geographic
"It is a shame, because they appear at first glance to be in excellent condition, but you will most likely end up recycling them. Unless you wish to dedicate a considerable amount of time and energy to individually sell them, or even just some key…"
Jun 13
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Paul Aaroe's discussion Full original bound collection from 1888 to 1990's. What's it worth?
"Paul, Based on the photos you just posted with the announcement from the first issue, Volume I, No. 1, and Bearings Chart et. al. from Volume II, No. 2 your bound Volume, I and II combined, is most assuredly a (re) bound version of the…"
Jun 7
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion Supplement or Not? The October 1917 Insert. in the group Map, Atlas, Supplement, and Index Collectors
"Tom, This is a beautiful little find, congratulations - and thank you for sharing. Roger Nathan lists this in his chapter, PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS, on page 144, first item under 1917. He describes exactly what you have here. Once again I am astounded…"
Jun 6
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Look at this map collection?
"It sold today!"
May 27
Philip Riviere replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Look at this map collection?
"Interesting collection especially the way it's categorized......."
May 27
George Thomas Wilson replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Look at this map collection?
"Maps are one thing, but seeing all the other peripheral items out there, wow.  I want it all but really have to be picky as to what additional "collections" I can afford (and have room for). Nick was a great help to me in getting…"
May 27
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Look at this map collection?
"No I haven't Scott - sorry..."
May 27
Scott T. Shier replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Look at this map collection?
"So Mel have you communicated with seller about anything regarding this set? I'd love to know what method or whatnot he employed to achieve the font (category) titling on the cases...."
May 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 (13 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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