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Geographic Silver Anniversary (employment) Certificate

During my "collect everything NGS" years, I came up with some unique items. The attached signed certificate was one of the more unique items. Will sell it to the best offer plus postage. Please…Continue

Started Jan 11, 2020

For the Consummate NGS Collector

After many years of collecting everything NGS, it is time to downsize my collection.  I thought I would give the members of the Collectors Corner first shot at a copy of the very rare "A Rumanian…Continue

Tags: Pictorials

Started Apr 3, 2017

National Geographic Society - Army Air Corps Stratosphere Balloon Flight Collectibles
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With an agreement in place with the U. S. Army Air Corps and contracts with the Goodyear Zeppelin Co. to fabricate the balloon and the Dow Chemical Co. to construct the gondola, the National…Continue

Tags: Stratosphere, Balloon, Explorer

Started this discussion. Last reply by Charles Gannon Jun 6, 2010.

National Geographic Society - Army Air Corps Stratosphere Balloon Flight Collectible Commemorative Mail

Continuing the postal theme of last week's discussion on the Collectibles and Souvenirs of the National Geographic Society - U. S. Army Air Corps Stratosphere Balloon Flights of 1934 and 1935, this…Continue

Tags: Stratosphere, Balloon, Explorer

Started Apr 18, 2010

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Charles Gannon replied to Jo Whiffin's discussion vast collection free
"If you can't find someone locally that will take them, recycling is the next best thing to."
Dec 11, 2023
Charles Gannon replied to David Tinkler's discussion 40 Year Collection -- Suggestions for Donation?
"In this digital world, institutions that you mention no longer accept or need donations such as the NGM. My suggestion is to offer them to anyone local that will take them. Recycling is an acceptable option."
Sep 25, 2023
Charles Gannon and James Catlin are now friends
Oct 31, 2022
Charles Gannon and Ron Choquette are now friends
Aug 5, 2021
Charles Gannon left a comment for Hans Gunther Oberth
"Hello Gunther, I live in Anderson, IN and have also been a very long time collector. I would be interested in knowing exactly what you have in your collection that you are trying to sell. I can be reached at: Charlie Gannon"
Mar 14, 2021
Charles Gannon replied to Scott T. Shier's discussion Nat Geo's Twitter account posts my Pictorial Geography scans . . .
"Nice work Scott. Cathy had asked me if I thought you would be willing to share. I somehow knew you would. Having worked with Cathy for 25 years, it is still a great feeling when I can share with them and especially when they share. I owe Renee…"
Nov 30, 2020
Charles Gannon replied to stephen zamarin's discussion Question about Geographic Dealers
"Just Google Dr. Lew M. Begley, Mesquite, TX. I don't see an email address, but there is a street address and and a different phone number.  If memory serves, the archive sale was in the late 80's or early 90's. The sale included…"
Aug 1, 2020
Charles Gannon replied to stephen zamarin's discussion Question about Geographic Dealers
"Dr. Lew M. Begley is still listed online. He is now 86 and still living in Mesquite, Texas. The number listed online is: 972.288.5474. I agree with Melvin. Begley was always just a collector with enough money to purchase whatever he desired. He was…"
Aug 1, 2020
Charles Gannon left a comment for Dallas Marsh
"Contact me at"
Jul 9, 2020
Charles Gannon and Dallas Marsh are now friends
Jul 9, 2020
Charles Gannon replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Passing of Jeffry Persons
"So sorry to hear the Jeff has passed away.  I dealt with him for years.  Terrific person. Melvin, contact me at to discuss what I have interest in. Thanks"
Mar 11, 2020
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Geographic Silver Anniversary (employment) Certificate

During my "collect everything NGS" years, I came up with some unique items. The attached signed certificate was one of the more unique items. Will sell it to the best offer plus postage. Please contact me at in the next 10 days if interested.See More
Jan 11, 2020

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Anderson, IN
Why do you wish to join this community?
To interact with other collectors.
About Me:
I have been a serious collector for many years, but realized finally that you can't collect it all and have focused my collecting on completing my collection of single issue magazines (so far it is complete from January 1902), book publications and most importantly, all items related to the Explorer Balloon Flights.
Favorite National Geographic publication:
The two Explorer Balloon Flight Technical Publications.
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At 10:14am on February 3, 2010, Scott T. Shier said…
Hello Mr. Gannon!

I am quite belated in saying hello and welcoming you to this site. It is much better than the previous incarnation...were you on that one?

Of course, I have heard about you (all good things) from a few other people, like Bill Cole, Paul Crist, John JC Carey, etc. You get mentioned when people are comparing notes about info., etc.

Anyway, just wanted to say "hi".

kind regards,

- Scott T. Shier
At 10:21am on October 28, 2014, Insignia Films said…

Hello Charles,

I am writing from a documentary production company based in New York City, and we are working on a film for PBS which covers the Explorer missions in the 1930s. I would love to chat with you about your collection or any insight about the missions that you might have.

I look forward to hearing from you.

At 2:20pm on April 7, 2017, andrew michalak said…

Hey Charles, I have an object pertaining to the stratosphere flight of 1933. I'm not sure if it's a souvenir, momento, or something that may have been sold as a fundraiser. Its trophy like. Its a model of the gondola on a square base. Its 3 3/4" high and 2 1/2" wide. Made of possible the same metal as the real one. One side of the base says, " Stratosphere Flight 1933" and the other reads "Dow Metal Gondola". The gondola is hollow and has Dow Metal within a diamond shape on both sides. I cant seem to load photos through my phone on this site. Maybe I could email some to you? I can't seem to find any info on this object. I live not far from Dow Chemical where the gondola was built. Any info you may provide would be amazing. My email is


At 3:54pm on September 28, 2017, Jeffry Persons said…

Hi Charlie,

I was wondering if you have any of the Special Publication books from 2007--2009 that you would like to sell?  In both regular and deluxe bindings.

Also, do you have any of the older promotional brochures (1907-1908)?

Thanks for your help.

Jeff Persons

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