These Four great WWII Magazines, Three 1942/44/45 National Geographic Magazines, and One 1944 Mechanix Illustrated Magazine, are packed with loads of WWII stories and great related photographs. With the outbreak of WWII, The National Geographic Magazine followed the men and women of the Armed Forces all around the world like no other magazine. All WWII Era National Geographic Magazines have become very collectible and are becoming hard to find in good condition. The back covers most always had great Coca Cola ads which were removed by Coca Cola collectors who then discarded the rest of the magazine. Listed below are the four magazines, articles of interest, and their condition:
1.) National Geographic Magazine dated November 1942, Volume 72, Number 5; Some stories and articles of interest: QM, the Fighting Storekeeper with 22 illustrations by Frederick Simpich---Painting the Army on Maneuvers with 16 color paintings by Arthur Beaumont---Japan Faces Russia in Manchuria, Maps not included---Finding Jewels of Jade in a Mexican Swamp, Maps not included---Mexico's Deep South Yields New Treasure with 12 color pictures---Winged Words New Weapon of War, Map not included; **Condition: The front and back covers are in good condition with wear and two tears to the spine, some very minor soiling, tiny crease marks at all the corners, and very minor wear to the edges(no chipping); **Inside pages: Inside pages are in very good condition, very clean and bright.
2.) National Geographic Magazine dated April 1944, Volume 75, Number 4; On the back cover is a great Coca Cola servicemen's ad; Some stories and articles found in this edition are: Japan and the Pacific---Jungle War: Bougainville and New Calendonia with 17 paintings by William F. Draper---Nantucket Little Gray Lady---Echoes of Whaling Days with color photos---Toy Dogs, Pets of Kings and Commoners with 16 color photos of some very handsome dogs---Dogs in Toyland---Alert Anatolia---The Clock Turns Back in Yugoslavia; **Condition: The front and back covers are in fair+ condition with wear and tears at the top and bottom of the spine, soiling, chipping along the front right and bottom edges, chipping and tiny tears along the back edges, tiny crease marks at the front top and bottom corners and the back bottom corner, and a piece missing from the front bottom right corner and the top of the spine; **Inside pages: Very good condition.
3.) National Geographic Magazine dated February 1945, Volume 77, Number 2; Some stories and articles found in this edition are: Gilbert Islands in the Wake of Battle with 19 Natural Color Photos.---The Yield of Texas---Insignia and Decorations of the U.S. Armed Forces by Gilbert Grosvenor.---Wildlife of Tabasco and Veracruz with 19 color paintings---Today on the China Coast---Bornholm Denmark in a Nutshell; **Condition: The front and back covers are in fair condition with a large pieces of the front cover missing, wear to the spine, tears at the top and bottom of the spine, chipping along the right front edge, crease marks at the bottom right front corner and the top and bottom left back corners, and light soiling; **Inside pages: Very good condition.
4.) Mechanix Illustrated Magazine dated July 1944, Volume 32, Number 3; Special Features found in this edition are: The Big Boys' Eyes---War Rockets---Cycles Predict The Future---I Was a Congo "Ham Operator"---Two Men on a Torpedo---Uruguay, Continent of Tomorrow---Science in Pictures---Helicopter Fly-In---Airmen Weathering The War---Planes That Win---Sweep Fleets the Dull, Dirty and Damn Dangerous---Pottery Fights--Model Young Man; This Mechanix Illustrated is also filled with many Crafts and Hobbies, which of course made this magazine so popular; **Condition: The front and back covers are in fair+ condition with soiling, tears at the top and bottom of the spine, wear and chipping at all the outer edges, an N on the front cover, and there is a crease mark and a tiny piece is missing from the bottom back corner; **Inside Pages: Very good condition; The first 15 pages have minor chipping to the left and bottom edges, last 3 pages have minor chipping along the top and right edges, and the last 10 pages have tiny crease marks at the bottom right corner.
All four magazines are packed with color and black and white ads, many of them featuring U. S. Servicemen, along with numerous ads of businesses that build everything from guns, planes, and batteries.
If you collect WWII magazines you'll enjoy reading every single page of these magazines. If your mom or dad, or grandparent served during WWII or have a birthday in the 1940's, these magazines be a wonderful gift. God Bless Our Vets!!!!
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