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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.

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.

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.

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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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Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion 100 Years Ago: October 1917
"The special troop issue also had the same back cover as the front cover, i.e. flip it over and it looked exactly the same; had no printing on the binding edge - and had no ads in it..."
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion 100 Years Ago: October 1917
"Nice work Tom - and love the historical details! Wasn't there a couple of unique, i.e. special, characteristics of the Army/Navy productions, versus the standard productions? Mel"

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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…
Can you send me an email at ?
Thank you.
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.


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
May-O-missing back cover
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 and my name is Pier Ronchietto. Can you giveme you Emails address?



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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