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The Passing of a Great Grandfather’s Legacy
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This is food for thought for any who believe they leave behind their National Geographic Magazine Collection as a legacy for those to follow.Many years ago, sometime after 1903 a Great Grandfather…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss Mar 17.

A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 19 January 2018)
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{Includes Bound Volumes + Reprints (Bound and Individual)}eBay:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeffry Persons Mar 12.

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, 2017.

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, 2017.

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Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Mike Parmley's discussion 1910-1945 Collection Cheap
"A picture says a thousand words; image what several pictures say..."
Monday
Melvin L. De Vilbiss liked George Thomas Wilson's photo
Apr 13
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Philip Riviere's discussion Two Versions of the November 1938 Issue
"Variations of ads could be reasoned as regional oriented advertisements. But that's pure speculation on my part. As to variations of photos within an main-line article of a particular issue - Now that's the right question! End program!…"
Apr 10
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Philip Riviere's discussion Two Versions of the November 1938 Issue
"One of each: variant 1 - loose; variant 2 - bound"
Apr 10
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion Two Versions of the January 1953 Issue
"I have one of each: bound (version 1); loose issue (version 2). Thanks for the input Jeff & Tom! Mel"
Apr 8
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Scott T. Shier's discussion Introducing the new National Geographic Store (online) . . .
"Scott, What's your commission? Mel"
Apr 1
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Richard Kennedy's discussion Collectors Corner - Meeting Your Needs?
"Do you mean similar to Roger Nathan's checklists? If so, yes!"
Mar 20
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion 100 Years Ago: April 1918
"Thank you Tom!"
Mar 19
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion The Passing of a Great Grandfather’s Legacy
"According to the POC at the Kidney Foundation, it was distributed to all 11 area thrift shops within days of it pick-up on 12 December 2017. "They" told me they contacted each thrift shop manager and was told by "all eleven" that…"
Mar 17
Mark Van Winkle replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion The Passing of a Great Grandfather’s Legacy
"Surely by now the collection would have made it into the thrift shops. My guess is it never made it out of the Kidney Foundation, someone there recognized the value. I bet it resurfaces again."
Mar 17
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion The Passing of a Great Grandfather’s Legacy
"Thank you Tom! While in the Atlanta area, consider checking in on the Atlanta Vintage Book store. They are continuing to beat the bushes on this one - never know what will pop up (and they know the real value now). Mel"
Mar 15
George Thomas Wilson replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion The Passing of a Great Grandfather’s Legacy
"Mel, It's always sad to see a collection like this one dissolve like that.  Very impressive spreadsheet.  You do great work.  So the wedding is almost here.  You've been planning it for quite awhile. :-) Phil, By…"
Mar 15
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion The Passing of a Great Grandfather’s Legacy
"Though I would like the adventure and to finally meet you and Scott, as Tom and I have already partied...ohm... I'm five weeks out from our daughter's wedding here at the home - the whole shebang right here! I really don't think my…"
Mar 15
Philip Riviere replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion The Passing of a Great Grandfather’s Legacy
"Mel, Maybe a field trip of me and you, Tom and Scott is in order to Atlanta and her wonderful thrift shops..... Phil"
Mar 14
Melvin L. De Vilbiss posted a discussion

The Passing of a Great Grandfather’s Legacy

This is food for thought for any who believe they leave behind their National Geographic Magazine Collection as a legacy for those to follow.Many years ago, sometime after 1903 a Great Grandfather began his journey collecting the National Geographic Magazine (NGM). With the first published issue being October 1888, he was behind the power curve.I had the pleasure of appraising this collection knowing it was the previous owner’s (heretofore – the Man’s) Great Grandfather that began it. He, the…See More
Mar 14
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Bob Roarty and Jan Bolgla's discussion Complete Collection 1888 - 2005 Value?
"Phil, I'd like to thank you for your referral. I was contacted by Atlanta Vintage Books and asked to do an appraisal of an NGM collection. I was given permission to post the results, with personal information relating to the…"
Mar 13

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Collecting since the mid '70s, I didn't get serious about it until 2001. Now I'm hooked!

Comment Wall (14 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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