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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.

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.

A Guide to the National Geographic Magazine Reprints
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References:Buxbaum, Edwin C., “Collector’s Guide to the National Geographic Magazine, 3rd Edition” @ 1971.Nathan, Roger E., “Collectibles of the National Geographic Society,” @ 1978. eBay:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss Jan 8.

National Geographic Magazine Grading Standard
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10 December 2013  eBay link:…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott T. Shier Dec 11, 2013.

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Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Kerri Shimp's discussion Selling a complete set of National Geographic 1947-2001
"Kerri, The short of it is, your best bet for income would be to sell the items individually on sites like eBay. Unfortunately, your turnover would be something around 10% per year, especially for the newer issues (which 1947 to present…"
Wednesday
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Scott T. Shier's discussion WANTED: 1 V/G+ copy for Pacific Ocean NGM supp. map, from September 1943
"I knew you were going to ask me for a picture! I just knew it! By January - along with the indexes for you and Tom and a couple of other pictures I've long promised a couple of other people. Sorry to be so lazy! Mel"
Dec 18
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Scott T. Shier's discussion WANTED: 1 V/G+ copy for Pacific Ocean NGM supp. map, from September 1943
"Scott, I have three, but you're probably looking for better quality: 1) Fair(-) condition {you don't want this one} 2) Would be VG except the top 1" was left sticking out of the magazine and is badly aged with a repairable tear in…"
Dec 18
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion April 1905 Anomaly
"Scott, One would think the loose and bound 1964 reprints would be the same, but since I do not have a set of loose reprints other than the red brick issues I cannot make the comparison and, as we have all discovered at one time or another with NGS…"
Dec 16
Scott T. Shier replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion April 1905 Anomaly
"I need to re-glance at my wine-colored April 1905 and see that it jives w/ your parameters. I only have the 1964 reprint April '05 otherwise. Do you think there's a variance between the loose 1964 reprint copy and the bound '64…"
Dec 16
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Laurie's discussion Collection in Tampa available
"Laurie, please check the dealers link at the upper left on the main page. You may find a dealer willing to take them off your hands. Please understand that there were "millions" of NG issues published each month during the years of your…"
Dec 15
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Scott T. Shier's discussion 50th anniversary of the National Geographic (magazine) Reprint set ~ the 1964 announcement in the group Moments in Time: the Magazine's history & Society milestones
"You and Tom are major contributors to this corner. There are others (such as Phil) that also consistently contribute excellent food for thought. I thoroughly enjoy your contributions and especially your attention to detail. You delve into areas I…"
Dec 12
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Moments in Time: the Magazine's history & Society milestones

this group celebrates and highlights significant events, people, and times that shaped The Magazine, and evolved our Society.Feel free to share anything to that end ... ask questions, make suggestions, recommend a topic!See More
Dec 12
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion Thank You
"Tom, Quite an accomplishment! I was happy to have met you prior to our move from Maryland, and sorry that it may be unlikely we meet again. You have an open invitation to visit should you ever be in the Houston area. I look forward to your final…"
Dec 4
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Tiffany Miller-Luff's discussion Need Info RE: Studies of Muir Glacier, Alaska & Rainfall Types of the United States/Annual Report
"You are welcome Tiffany. Please note that your copies are "reprints" as indicated by the small word centered about 2 inches from the bottom of the front cover. I do not have reprint prices included in my analysis linked…"
Dec 3
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion April 1905 Anomaly
"Thanks Tom! As few of us will ever have first hand observation of more than just a handful of the older issues, confirmation by other collectors is critical to any such discussion."
Dec 3
George Thomas Wilson replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion April 1905 Anomaly
"Mel, Thanks for your research.  Interesting note on the reprint.  My April 1905 is an original and matches your tan description perfectly. Tom "
Dec 3
Melvin L. De Vilbiss posted a discussion

April 1905 Anomaly

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 accounting of these reprints was kept, but more often than not (as Buxbaum surmised) there was no available accounting he could uncover.The reprints published as supplemental issues to a given month, during the same month of issue, should be considered as simply an additional production run.Sometimes,…See More
Dec 3
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Tiffany Miller-Luff's discussion Need Info RE: Studies of Muir Glacier, Alaska & Rainfall Types of the United States/Annual Report
"Not at all Scott, I take it as a compliment that some consider my passion as helpful to others. Best! Mel"
Dec 2
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Tiffany Miller-Luff's discussion Need Info RE: Studies of Muir Glacier, Alaska & Rainfall Types of the United States/Annual Report
"This is the link: http://ngscollectors.ning.com/forum/topics/a-guide-to-selling-national-geographic-magazines-revised-10-dec-1 By-the-way, I was able to view the links Scott provided. You may have a compatibility problem with your browser if you…"
Dec 2
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to John Shaddock's discussion What's Your Opinion? Reprints
"John, I really have no opinion one way or the other. It would be just another item, in a world of many thousands of items, available for collection. I probably would not purchase the set, but then, I've purchased things NG that I really…"
Dec 2

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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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