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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, 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.

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, 2017.

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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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Dave Ebbitt left a comment for Melvin L. De Vilbiss
"Let me know your price? Thanks Dave"
Tuesday
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Dave Ebbitt's discussion Down to my last 8 issues needed
"I have an October 1912 with China map. Check my friend request if you wish to discuss its purchase. Mel"
Jan 15
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Robert Zelenak's discussion Complete set of National Geographic - Value?
"                   Total Number of Reprints Published by the National Geographic Society (NGS) In a letter dated July 13, 1989, signed by Eugenia M. Ryan,…"
Jan 15
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Robert Zelenak's discussion Complete set of National Geographic - Value?
"Robert, First, collectables ebb and flow and the present market for NGM's is slow, or down, if you prefer. Second, it's a very rare individual that might wish to come along and purchase, from scratch, an entire collection - and then…"
Jan 15
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Kimberly Cellan Bauer's discussion Collection
"The short answer is: true! But you never know until you try, there is always someone looking for you are selling/giving away - you just have to be lucky enough to find them at the right price. The long answer is: it's all in the timing as this…"
Jan 10
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Scott T. Shier's discussion Uploaded EVERY Cover of: Research, World, collector's editions & History mag !
"Bravo Scott - a better man than I! Mel"
Jan 7
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Scott T. Shier's discussion 1,500th issue of Our NGM magazine ~ December 2017
"Well done Scott! Mel"
Dec 30, 2017
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion Thrice Published Map of the British Isles
"We'll forgive you... This time! Yuk, Yuk..."
Dec 18, 2017
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion 100 Years Ago: January 1918
"As always, well done Tom! Merry Christmas to you and Linda! Mel"
Dec 18, 2017
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Harold Woron's discussion Supplements
"HAR!"
Dec 16, 2017
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Harold Woron's discussion Supplements
"A word of caution about "normally" - just when you think you've got the NGS figured out - they up and surprise you. This really happens when you're attempting to put together research on the past and discover - it just…"
Dec 16, 2017
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Richard Kennedy's discussion The Mouse that Roared -- Disney and National Geographic
"Pece, The change began in the 80's and reached a crescendo by the mid 90's. By the early 2000's the NGM had become an activist organization polarizing its readership. Its weakened status left it ripe for the pickings. I would not be…"
Dec 14, 2017
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Tracy J Wells's discussion Leather Bound Collection from 1915
"Try the Dealers Directory link, upper left corner of the main page. Mel"
Dec 5, 2017
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Chris Elliott's discussion Thousands of national geographics.
"Pece, Those (placed in the 55 gal drums) were the extras the dealer could not load in the van he brought. They were recycled - waste... what a shame... I had more than 6000 extra magazines altogether, he took about 4500 plus 300 he was going to sell…"
Nov 22, 2017
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Chris Elliott's discussion Thousands of national geographics.
"Mark, I have ever so slowly been selling off my extras older than 1910. I presently have all of 1906, and about 25 or so from 1894 through 1904 that are available. Included in this list is the January 1902 with both of the rarest loose issue maps in…"
Nov 21, 2017
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Chris Elliott's discussion Thousands of national geographics.
"Mark, I sent you a friend request with message if you're interested (1906 and earlier). Otherwise, several years ago I answered newspaper ads (for private sales, garage sales and for local auctions) in the Maryland area while I lived there…"
Nov 21, 2017

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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 (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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