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Melvin L. De Vilbiss
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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 on Sunday.

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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss Jan 3.

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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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 "
Sunday
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Klaus Meyer-Arendt's discussion collection for sale (1920-present)
"Kaus, I have posted my selling guide on this forum as well as on eBay: http://ngscollectors.ning.com/forum/topics/a-guide-to-selling-national-geographic-magazines-revised-31-dec Please review the notes at the bottom of the section titled…"
Jan 28
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 "
Jan 28
Scott T. Shier replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Meet new friends via this forum:
"Very nice !"
Jan 25
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
George Thomas Wilson replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Meet new friends via this forum:
"Thanks for the shout out, Mel.  It was a pleasure meeting you, and very helpful. Tom"
Jan 24
Melvin L. De Vilbiss posted a discussion

Meet new friends via this forum:

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 the Houston area where we live.I have met in person others on this forum, like Tom Wilson, and it has always been a pleasure.How often do we get to engage others in our passion face to face?I hope to meet others, especially those with whom I communicate often: Phil, Scott, Mike and Dale this includes…See More
Jan 24
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion The End of NGM Metadata in the group Map, Atlas, Supplement, and Index Collectors
"Thank you Tom! I wonder if this is the beginning of the end? Mel"
Jan 9
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion January 1983 Two-sided, Perforated Map Supplement. (They're Indexed Too!) in the group Map, Atlas, Supplement, and Index Collectors
"And there you have it Tom - the research! Sometimes the research leads us into unchartered territory that inspires everyone; sometimes it leads us to conclusions that most accept (but not all); then there's the conclusions that most don't…"
Jan 6
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines - revised 31 Dec 2015
"Gentlemen - you're welcome! My hope is that the effort assists all, new and old, who enjoy the NGM and especially those who desire to collect them. Kindest regards, Mel"
Jan 3
Philip Riviere replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines - revised 31 Dec 2015
"Mel, Another great job that all of us at the corner really  appreciate.... Phil"
Jan 2
George Thomas Wilson replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines - revised 31 Dec 2015
"Great read as always, Mel. Thanks for the effort you must put in. Tom"
Jan 2
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A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines - revised 31 Dec 2015

A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines(Revised 31 December 2015){Includes Bound Volumes + Reprints (Bound and Individual)} eBay:  http://www.ebay.com/gds/A-Guide-to-Selling-National-Geographic-Magazines-/10000000019109329/g.html Background: An old book collector once told me that for a book to be rare there had to be fewer than 1000 copies printed and to be scarce fewer…See More
Jan 1
Melvin L. De Vilbiss commented on Philip Riviere's status
"Thank you Phil - and also to you and yours! Mel"
Jan 1
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion January 1983 Two-sided, Perforated Map Supplement. (They're Indexed Too!) in the group Map, Atlas, Supplement, and Index Collectors
"Unfortunately, I often forget about Don Smith's publication. Thanks for reminding Tom... Mel"
Dec 30, 2015

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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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