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An interesting piece of minutia, re: Volume I Title page front & back
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There is but one way any collector may view/touch a Volume I Title page.The collector must have had access to a complete original Volume II, No. 5.Generally speaking, the NGS published a Title Page,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss Apr 14.

Passing of Jeffry Persons
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I am sad to announce the passing of Jeffry Persons last Friday.Jeffry had been a long term member of this forum and was known for having one of the largest and most complete collections of all things…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Anthony J. Chesser Mar 25.

Total Number of Reprints Published by the National Geographic Society (NGS)
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In a letter dated July 13, 1989, signed by Eugenia M. Ryan, Research Correspondence for the NGS, a copy of which was posted on the National Geographic Collector’s Corner forum by Mr. Jeffry Persons…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Douglas Groenendijk Sep 11, 2019.

Would you look at this!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Oliphant Aug 6, 2018.

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Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion The "100 Years Ago" Series
"Outstanding!"
yesterday
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion Images of All Map & Pictorial Supplements
"Well done Tom!"
yesterday
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Laura Sullivan's discussion Collection starting in the 20's
"Very difficult to say sight-unseen, but the VG quality is getting harder to find in the 20's, 30's and 40's. One possibility would be to check out the "dealer directory" link in the upper left corner of the main page. Give…"
Jun 29
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Harold Woron's discussion NG CD's
"They're registration is time stamped - can't remember the end date. If you change the date/time on your computer to read earlier than the publication date on the cd package, then upload the cd's, you should be O.K. The last DVD update…"
Jun 22
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Laura Sullivan's discussion Collection starting in the 20's
Jun 22
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melissa Schoenbachler's discussion Hard bound collection 1916-1966
Jun 18
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Mike Oliphant's discussion Dealers inventory
"Good luck Mike - been a pleasure working with you from the beginning! Mel"
Jun 15
Melvin L. De Vilbiss commented on Scott T. Shier's album
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"Well done Scott, thank you for the information!"
Jun 1
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion Demo-2 Launch on Nat Geo Channel
"Excellent news!"
May 21
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Douglas Groenendijk's discussion Interesting Letter Found in January 1943 WW2
"Thank you for sharing this bit of history Douglas, great find!"
May 18
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Scott T. Shier's discussion the "Pictorial Geography" series (all plates scanned & uploaded)
"WOW!!!"
May 1
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Dave Newman's discussion Nat Geo WORLD magazines.
"Please check out the link I provided you in my first comment. eBay auctions are all about the timing, but if you don't ask for it, you'll never get it. Good Luck!"
Apr 28
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Dave Newman's discussion Nat Geo WORLD magazines.
"-Bengal Tiger /1977??                 Jan 1978 -Koalas/ 1979?                            Feb 1979 -Snow monkey/ 1981?                 Mar 1981 -Empire Strikes Back/ 1980?        Jun 1980  -Pup and Pal/ 1980?                     Mar 1980 Scott Shier…"
Apr 27
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Dave Newman's discussion Nat Geo WORLD magazines.
"https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=world+magazine+national+geographic Scroll down on the search results because anything with "World" in it and "National Geographic" pops up. It will, however, show you all the World Magazine…"
Apr 27
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Scott T. Shier's discussion National Geographic "Traveler" discontinued {1984 - 2020}
"Won't be long before the NGM ceases paper copy!"
Apr 19
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion An interesting piece of minutia, re: Volume I Title page front & back
"You are correct - Jan 2015. What a memory! Thanks for the guidance! Mel"
Apr 14

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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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