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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 Jul 16.

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.

Meet new friends via this forum:
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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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Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion Thrice Published Map of the British Isles
"Verrrry interrrresting Tom! I would suggest, however, that this "style" of decorative map is in-fact an extraordinary production, and perhaps, the reason the NGS gave it so much attention. A few other little tidbits: The 1947-69 Cumulative…"
Tuesday
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Pece Kocovski's discussion Red anomaly in our 1986 - Soviets in Space October issue
"Pece, Ditto with Tom and Phil's comments. My copy is all black on the binding. To add to this, sometimes the NGS published regionally different issues (though usually only the advertisements were affected). In 1986, I was living in Tacoma,…"
Nov 12
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion 100 Years Ago: November - December 1917 (with First Page Banner Variant)
"Absolutely love the details Tom! Thank you! Mel"
Oct 21
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Scott T. Shier's discussion ~ Happy 10th Anniversary to this Collector's Corner ~ !
"Sorry Cathy for misspelling your name... Mel"
Oct 18
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Scott T. Shier's discussion ~ Happy 10th Anniversary to this Collector's Corner ~ !
"It's your fault I joined this forum Scott, and I second your comment Tom. Well done Kathy Hunter!"
Oct 18
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Sally's discussion Advice
"For purchase or sale? Try contacting Dale Murphy for advice (an Australian member of this forum)."
Oct 17
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion 100 Years Ago: October 1917
"The special troop issue also had the same back cover as the front cover, i.e. flip it over and it looked exactly the same; had no printing on the binding edge - and had no ads in it..."
Sep 17
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion 100 Years Ago: October 1917
"Nice work Tom - and love the historical details! Wasn't there a couple of unique, i.e. special, characteristics of the Army/Navy productions, versus the standard productions? Mel"
Sep 17
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion A Collector's Journey Across America
"Well done Tom! Thank you for sharing. Mel"
Sep 7
Melvin L. De Vilbiss commented on George Thomas Wilson's photo
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An Impressive Collection

"Thank you for the compliment Tom. It was great seeing you again and meeting your wife. Sorry for the hurricane ..."
Sep 1
Melvin L. De Vilbiss left a comment for kimberly fortman
"Kimberly, Try sending a message to a Collector's Corner member by the name of Mike Oliphant (he lives in Central City, IA). He has a large eBay store of National Geographic Magazines. I do not know if he is taking any new stock in, but he might…"
Aug 30
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Rene Rivera's discussion collection for sale.
"This may assist you: http://ngscollectors.ning.com/forum/topics/a-guide-to-selling-national-geographic-magazines-revised-31 Please understand there are "many" variables that determine the value of older NGM's. Details are a necessary…"
Aug 26
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Jamie Lynn's discussion 1888-1966 Aeroplane Globe Collection 131 Volume
"A new collector would ask the same questions I've been asking and would probably want to feel reassured what exactly they are purchasing. A complete inventory matching supplements to monthly issues and knowledge of the first 18 volumes as…"
Aug 8
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Jamie Lynn's discussion 1888-1966 Aeroplane Globe Collection 131 Volume
"1) only "loose" maps between 1888 and 1907 "could" have the word "REPRINT" on them. Every other supplement "after" Dec 1907 will be original, e.g. the reprints were only for the years 1888 through 1907. 2) Not…"
Aug 8
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Jamie Lynn's discussion 1888-1966 Aeroplane Globe Collection 131 Volume
"Please stay with me on this, the details are important, "larger then the printed page" foldout maps bound within the issues DID NOT HAVE the word "REPRINT" stamped on them. Only the large loose map sheets (usually enclosed in…"
Aug 7
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Jamie Lynn's discussion 1888-1966 Aeroplane Globe Collection 131 Volume
"The even larger loose map sheet for the December 1899 issue is titled, "Map of the Seat of War in Africa." The picture needs to show the margin below the scale, which is located below the Title located in the lower right quadrant of the…"
Aug 7

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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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