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How do you properly store collectable magazines?

I have been gathering quite a collection of old issues of Astounding Science Fiction, some of them more than 70 years old. Ultimately, for my Vacation in the Golden Age, I’ll have more than 120 issues of the magazine spanning from 1939 – 1950. I’m looking for advice on the best way to store these magazines. The way they are being stored right now is not pretty. In order to protect the sanity of real collectors who might be reading this, I have put the image of my current storage system behind the cut. Be warned, the image is not for the faint of heart:

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Good mail day

I left the office half an hour later than usual and had to stop at the grocery store on the way home to pick up a few things. I was trying to figure out what to do tonight (Wednesday evening is the one week night evening where there is nothing good on TV). I arrived home to find that today was a good mail day.

First, my autographed copy of Visions arrived, personally signed by strausmouse right beneath the article he wrote on his recent skydiving experience. Believe it or not, I have a small collection on my bookshelves, of items signed by my friends. I have a Master’s thesis signed by Tawnya. I have a signed copy of Healthy Pet magazine, which Lisa edits. I have a signed copy of an article in the San Luis Obispo Tribune featuring Dan. I have a signed copy from an Oxnard newspaper mentioned Grandpa. I have a signed copy of an article from the UCLA Law Review, “On Regulating the Internet: Usenet, A Case Study” by Paul. I have a guest editorial in the Rockland County Journal written by none other than Doug many years ago. (That one, alas, is not signed. I’ll have to bring it to Seattle with me next time I go.) And now, I can add Eric’s article to my collection. I swear, the day I finally publish something, I’m going to sign 50 copies of it, personalize each one of them (“To Jamie, a really swell guy!”) and stuff my shelves with them!

Second, I received a letter from Trevor and Andrea (aka, thepopeswife). Actually, it was two-and-a-half letters, as Trevor wrote one letter, Andrea wrote another letter, and then she included an addendum to tell me that she agrees with my spelling thoughts! And so our mutual snail-mail, letter-writing pen-palism continues.

I now know what I am going to do tonight. I am going to compose a letter back to Trevor and Andrea. I may even autograph it for them so that they can start a collection on their bookshelf (if Trevor clears away some of the Lord of the Rings DVDs to make some room). Those autographs will be worth something, someday!

998 books

I’ve just ordered my 998th book, Joe Haldeman’s War Stories. This means that I need 2 more books to reach 1,000. One of the two books I’m already planning on ordering–it’s the one volume I’m missing in the 11-volume Story of Civilization series by Will Durant.

That means, I really only need one more book to reach 1,000 books in my collection.

I am open to recommendations for what that 1,000th book should be. I think it should be something pretty spectacular, but I’m open to pretty much anything. Anyone have thoughts or recommendations?