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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.

A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines - revised 31 Dec 2015
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A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines(Revised 31 December 2015){Includes Bound Volumes + Reprints (Bound and Individual)} eBay:  …Continue

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March 1902 Anomaly
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The second and fourth ad pages are inverted in two “original” issues.In the first issue:The second ad page is of McClure, Phillips & Co.&The fourth ad page is The Macmillan Company(this is…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by George Thomas Wilson Jul 4, 2015.

Volume I Title Page Anomaly (original versus reprint):
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It matters not if you have bound or loose reprints – you do not have a Title Page for Volume I.This was a purposeful omission by the NGS when they did the 1964 reproduction of the first 18…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss Dec 3, 2015.

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Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Robert Mcdermaid's discussion More information please !!
Thursday
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Lynn Olson's discussion Two Rare April 1913 Machu Picchu issues for sale
"It is unfortunate Lynn, but the tape on the spine reduces the value immensely, with the missing supplement being a double whammy."
May 12
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to TED WILLIAMSON's discussion Two different January, 1903's?
"Neither Buxbaum nor Nathan mention this - which does not mean it isn't original. I have two originals (loose and bound) and one bound reprint - all include the membership list. However, this might fall into the category of "author…"
May 8
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to William H Adams's discussion Magazines
"Years? Months? Inventory? Pictures?"
May 6
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Kevin W. Plaxco's discussion How many?
"FYI: The NGS began 1888 with 165 members and ended its second year with 228 members."
Apr 29
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Liam's discussion Wanted: Mixed collection for HS classroom
"Check out the "dealer directory" link in the upper left corner of the main page on this forum. Some of the dealers may have damaged issues (missing covers, pages, etc.) that are not collectible and may be willing to let go…"
Apr 27
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to John Williams's discussion Slip Cases
"1) Check the Dealer Directory link on the upper left margin of the home page for this web site. Contact dealers and ask them if they have the slip cases for sale or know who might. 2) Search eBay for National Geographic slipcases (or leather…"
Apr 16
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Rupam Das's discussion National Geographic Collection
"A very difficult question to answer - far too many variables. However, this may assist you in making your own determination of the collection's…"
Mar 29
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion Two Versions of the July 1989 Map of France/Historical France in the group Map, Atlas, Supplement, and Index Collectors
"Well played Tom, thanks for the info! Mel"
Mar 20
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Brandon b's discussion Help...!
Mar 7
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Cindy Le Brun's discussion Collection of NG
Feb 9
Dale replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Meet new friends via this forum:
"Hi Mel, Will definitely get down to Houston to catch up when I next cross the Pacific. Cheers Dale "
Jan 31
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion Perforated Supplements in the National Geographic Magazine in the group Map, Atlas, Supplement, and Index Collectors
"As always Tom, thanks for the intrigue... And yes, it is fun! Mel"
Jan 28
Michael G. B. replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Meet new friends via this forum:
"Never realized that you were that close to where I live in Louisiana "
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Scott T. Shier replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Meet new friends via this forum:
"Very nice !"
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Philip Riviere replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Meet new friends via this forum:
"Very gracious comments Mel. I too hope to meet you guys some day...Thank  you.. Phil"
Jan 24

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Hometown:
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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