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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. '.

At 8:40am on September 10, 2015, Cathy Hunter said…

Dear Melvin,

  Your concerns about a posting from yesterday have been addressed.

Best wishes,


At 7:20am on September 18, 2015, gp bond said…

Mel,  I have Jan-July 1914.  Gail

At 2:48pm on January 16, 2018, Dave Ebbitt said…

Let me know your price?



At 12:01pm on June 25, 2018, Jeffry Persons said…


I am unaware of one and really doubt if one exists.  The picture is poor at best.

Best wishes


At 6:50pm on February 24, 2020, T.A. Ewart said…


I was able to locate you from eBay.  I've some questions I was oping that I could ask.  Thanks.

At 1:24am on April 16, 2022, Larry Moffett said…

Hi Melvin,

I am very sorry to hear of Jeff Person’s passing. Thank you for sharing this sad news.

Sounds like a gargantuan task to dispose of his large collection. I’m not sure how you plan to proceed with this. If by chance any of these come up for sale, I would be very interested:

Bound Vol II of all originals of the NG magazine preferably with covers

Single original issues of Vol I #1,2,3 & 4


Larry Moffett

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