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1919 - 1920  (Not In My Collection)

The Department of Interior - Bureau of Education sponsored and National Geographic Society prepared publication began Oct. 6, 1919. It was intended to supplement the information teachers had to expand student knowledge of the World we were increasingly involved in after WWI. 1919 issues were printed on one side of the pages, stapled at the top, and were 6" x 13 ".  Jan, 5, 1920 became double-sided, 6" x 9 " (aprox.), and were still top stapled. Index pages, when included were announced periodically on the front contents section.

1920 Bulletin #1...(May 10)...

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1922V1-1.jpg (122023 bytes) 1922...Feb. 6...Vol. 1 #1  (Not In My Collection)

National Geographic Society began publication of 30 issues per school year.  They replaced the Dept. of Interior heading with their mission statement and the size remained the same.

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1929V3-3.jpg (114254 bytes) 1929...Vol. 8 #3...(Mar. 11)

A rather notable picture. (note title had changed to Geographic News Bulletins on Oct. 19, 1925). The mission statement has been expanded.

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1929V3-7.jpg (98110 bytes) 1929...Vol. 8 #7 showing back the side with the application form for subscription to the school year 1929-30.

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1941V20-13.jpg (117801 bytes) 1941...Vol. 20 #13...(Oct. 6)  (Not In My Collection)

With this issue, the title changed to Geographic School Bulletins and was still used on each odd page and on article titles.  

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1945V23-30.jpg (105421 bytes) 1945...Vol. 23 #30...(May 14)   (Not In My Collection)

Stapling at the top fold was changed to light glue to keep the pages aligned.  All bulletins were designed to be separated for use and display, which was encouraged.  Complete copies are scarce for that reason. Note the solicitation to buy war bonds.

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1946V25-1.jpg (88548 bytes) 1946...Vol. 25 #1...(Oct. 7)  (Not In My Collection)

Note the "s" is missing from "bulletins".  This and the next (Oct. 14) issue were the only two printed this way in this era...it reverted back thereafter. Use of Headings on inside pages was discontinued. The header format changed.

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1947V25-12.jpg (100997 bytes) 1947...Vol. 25 #12...(Jan. 6)  (Not In My Collection)

Historic photo included here simply for it's odd caption in light of today's knowledge.

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1956V34-21.jpg (142791 bytes) 1956... Vol. 34 #21...(Mar. 5)  (Not In My Collection)

The Header format changed and excluded the mission statement.

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1956V35-1.jpg (114620 bytes) 1956... Vol. 35 #1...(Oct. 1)  (Not In My Collection)

The Header format changed and added the gray stripe and logo.

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1956V35-10.jpg (106349 bytes) 1956... Vol. 35 #10...(Dec. 3)  (Not In My Collection)

Inclusion of an index for every 10 issues twice a year started here.  The total annual index was in issue #30.

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1957V35-30.jpg (114225 bytes) 1956... Vol. 35 #30...(May 13)   (Not In My Collection)

The first color was used on the cover and on titles and maps inside.

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1958V36-30.jpg (101701 bytes) 1958... Vol. 36 #30...(May 19)  (Not In My Collection) 

The first color tint used on the cover and limited color titles inside.

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1959V37-30.jpg (107735 bytes) 1959... Vol. 37 #30...(May 18)  (Not In My Collection)

Ahhh...the first yellow on a cover and on the back with tinting inside. Also, beginning with #1 of this Vol. (1958) the roman numbers were changed to Arabic!  The stripe at the bottom was for notification to renew.

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1960V38-12.jpg (103512 bytes) 1960... Vol. 38 # 12 (Jan. 4)  (Not In My Collection)

The Logo was removed in favor of a globe...note the gray was interchanged with color issues. This issue had no color inside either.

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1961V39-18.jpg (118487 bytes) 1961... Vol. 39 # 18...(Feb. 13)  (Not In My Collection)

A rather distinctive cover design with the subject (Maya) announced on the front.

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1961V39-19.jpg (104420 bytes) 1961... Vol. 39 #19...(Feb. 20)  (Not In My Collection)

Experimentation with this horizontal layout was short lived.

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1961V40-1.jpg (102392 bytes) 1961... Vol. 40 #1...(Oct. 2)  (Not In My Collection)

This is the first left folded issue which was still produced using the Black and White. The Vol. # was moved to the rear cover. (bummer)... staples were used again for a time.

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1962V40-30.jpg (131685 bytes) 1962... Vol. 40 #30....(May 14)  (Not In My Collection)

This is the first 4 color printing used in an issue of school bulletins.

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1962V41-1.jpg (119782 bytes) 1962... Vol. 41 #1...(Oct. 1)

This issue incorporated the change to an elliptical title. The size was reduced by the amount shown as a black stripe at the bottom.

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1962V41-7.jpg (137766 bytes) 1962... Vol. 41 #7...(Nov. 12)

This issue has the change moving the Vol. # to the inside front cover. This further complicates the ability to physically sort the issues.

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1963V42-4.jpg (89591 bytes) 1963... Vol. 42 #4...(Oct. 28)  (Not In My Collection)

This is an issue dedicated to Middle America.

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1964V42-30.jpg (145359 bytes) 1964... Vol. 42 #30...(May 18)

This is a Special Issue on cliff dwellers.

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1964V43-1.jpg (129305 bytes) 1964... Vol. 43 #1...(Oct. 5)

The title ellipse changed shape and the inner border accent was added.

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1965V44-10.jpg (121462 bytes) 1965... Vol. 44 #10...(Nov. 15)

This cover of this issue is the distinctive composite used on the binders for school bulletins and was a cover for the World Traveler.

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1968V47-1.jpg (161337 bytes) 1968... Vol. 47 #1...(Sept. 9)

This is the first issue with a blank space on the rear cover where an address label could be pasted for mailing to the recipient.

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1968V47-12.jpg (156271 bytes) 1968... Vol. 47 #12...(Nov. 25)

This is the first issue found which contained a small ad for a National Geographic publication. It was for the book "Greece and Rome"

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1969V48-4.jpg (86151 bytes) 1969... Vol. 48 #4...(Oct. 6)

This is the 50th Anniversary issue (counting from 1919 when DOI issues started).

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1969V48-12.jpg (125325 bytes) 1969... Vol. 48 #12...(Dec. 1)

This issue contained an ad for the World Traveler first issue and contained information about the many learning disabilities and numbers of affected children in the US for which the new publication was designed.

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1970V49-1.jpg (116146 bytes) 1970... Vol. 49 #1...(Sept. 14)

This issue has a title change and the square logo was added.

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1970Index.jpg (41345 bytes) 1970   (Not In My Collection)

This is the Oct. 1964 through May 1970 Index to the School Bulletins.  This is a rare collectible.

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1971V49-20.jpg (121266 bytes) 1979... Vol. 49 #20...(Feb. 15)

This Special Pollution Issue is actually designed to fold out to a large classroom poster on the subject.

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1975V53-30.jpg (67172 bytes) 1975... Vol. 53 #30...(May 5)

This is the last issue after over 56 years of this publication.  It proudly announced it's successor (World Magazine) without apology. (see layout below).

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1975

This is the page layout in the last  Bulletin issued showing a promotion for the succeding World Magazine.

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These binders were used from the 60's for orderly storage of the issues.  

 

I have two of these binders with 30 Bulletins each (school years 1966 to 1967) and (1967 to 1968) complete.  Bulk priced at $125 each.

 

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