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Melvin L. De Vilbiss
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/363283956441?ul_noapp=trueThe above add lists an "original" Gold and Coal Fields of Alaska for $350.A…Continue

Started Feb 7

Proposed NGM grading standard:
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For the record, this is the stringent grading standard I've used for more than 20 years.It has served me well.Comments are appreciated!MelContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss Apr 10.

The Passing of a Great Grandfather’s Legacy

Having been asked by three different families over the past 18 months to assist in the dispersal of rather substantial collections I thought it prudent to repost the following story.I am trying to…Continue

Started Feb 5

Proposed NGM grading standard:
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For the record, this is the stringent grading standard I've used for more than 20 years.It has served me well.Comments are appreciated!MelContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by George Thomas Wilson Feb 7.

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Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Nancy Rogers's discussion Looking for October 1947 issue
yesterday
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion 100 Years Ago: September 1921
"Enjoyed this! Keep up the good work Tom! Mel"
Sep 4
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Steven Romero's discussion 1970s - early 1990s Nat Geos and maps
"Steve, I'm a dedicated, albeit aging, collector. My standards are high, but updating my newer issues 1960 or newer has not been my highest priority. In all of my issues 1970 through 1999 I have 4 VG and 21 VG+ issues I would consider replacing…"
Sep 4
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion Typo in the August 1921 National Geographic
"Tom, Both of my copies have the typo - looks like the "l" was missed... Mel"
Aug 10
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Cathy Hunter's discussion Migration to Ning 3.0
"I'm certain, one way or another, it'll work out - change always comes with difficulties, especially to us old farts. I am happy that the NGS is providing continuing support for this forum. Thank you! Mel"
Aug 10
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Sherry Umscheid's discussion Complete collection in leather binders
"This may assist you - a little dated, but I haven't been able to find the time to complete my latest revision: http://ngscollectors.ning.com/forum/topics/a-guide-to-selling-national-geographic-magazines-revised-19"
Aug 1
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion 100 Years Ago: June 1921
"I thoroughly enjoy these Tom, thank you!"
Jun 1
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Cathy Hunter's discussion Migration to Ning 3.0?
"What Scott and Tom have already stated. Thank you for taking this on Cathy, very much appreciated. Mel"
May 28
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Raymond Leon's discussion Bound NGM 1888 value
"Reprint or Original?"
May 23
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Pete Daniels's discussion Old issues
"Possibly: National Geographic 1941 | eBay"
May 19
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Sue Rowland's discussion National Geographic Maps 1937-1974
"You can search eBay by year, here's 1937: National Geographic 1937 | eBay find your map supplements and see if you're willing to go the the trouble of individually list them, list them by year, or list them by decade. The older and better…"
May 19
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Douglas Groenendijk's discussion Found these Supplements in Collection
"I don't believe either one is/was a supplement to the magazine. Perhaps some other NGS publication - but not the magazine."
May 9
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Bee B.'s discussion Need help appraising(or selling!) an extensive collection.
"The answer to your question is complicated - way too many variables... For insurance purposes, i.e. replacement cost, a collection, complete with all issued supplements in very good condition from 1916 through Dec 2020 would be roughly…"
Apr 26
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Clay Minser's discussion Looking for NG slipcases dated 1948 - 1964 complete.
"Well done Scott!"
Apr 24
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Clay Minser's discussion Looking for NG slipcases dated 1948 - 1964 complete.
"Sorry, I am not - just a collector. Perhaps you should direct your question(s) to Cathy Hunter who supervises this forum."
Apr 23
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Clay Minser's discussion Looking for NG slipcases dated 1948 - 1964 complete.
"I believe the NGS maroon leather with gold lettering slipcases started with Jan-Jun 1950 and newer. Prior to 1950 collectors were able to purchase non-lettered slipcases and put their own labels on them."
Apr 23

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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 (15 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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