National Geographic is my favorite magazine. There are other magazines I like, but the only one I subscribe to is National Geographic, and I’ve been getting it for about ten years. I’ve kept every issue I’ve received, and even have them all in the slipcases you can order to keep them organized.
The thing is, I never go back and look at old issues, and my archive is already up to a good 80 or 90 pounds. Assuming I continue to subscribe for the next twenty years, I’ll have shelves and shelves of National Geographic magazines. I think it’s time to cut and run from my magazine collection. The question is, what should I do with them? I can’t imagine throwing them away.
I could offer them on Craigslist to anyone who’s willing to haul them off, but I’d prefer to donate them to some worthy institution. Anyone have any ideas on who I should contact?
Interestingly, National Geographic has a time capsule of web design of sorts on its Web site. Going back to July 1996, they have preserved the individual home pages for each issue of the magazine they’ve published since then with its original design. The archive is a good illustration of how web design has changed since then. Unfortunately, they don’t have the full content from each magazine available online. Maybe someday.