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When I was in junior high, we got rid of many of our possessions in order to move into smaller accommodations when my parents divorced. What we didn’t sell at our big garage sale wound up out at the curb for the trash collector. I was horrified when I realized that we were discarding our collection of National Geographic magazines. I loved looking at the pictures and reading the articles, and decided that the best job in the world would be to be a photojournalist for National Geographic.

When I graduated from college in 1985, I used a portion of the cash gift from my grandparents to buy a subscription to National Geographic. I’ve subscribed ever since, and have kept every magazine and map I ever received. I thought that my kids would use them as resources for reports or just to satisfy their curiosity, but the internet quelched that. We love to read National Geographic when we receive it, but our attention is diverted by so many other magazines, newspapers, books and websites that the National Geographics tend to pile up, unread.

I considered canceling our subscription last year, but our family still appreciates National Geographic and I still wanted to support the National Geographic Society in their great work documenting our changing planet. But then I got the National Geographic app on my iPad. The photos are more vivid than in the print edition, and it’s easier to navigate from one story to the next. I’m hooked.

So this is it. This week, I got rid of our National Geographics. I asked my Facebook friends if anyone wanted them, and quickly found someone who was eager to take them off my hands. I figured he’d appreciate the old magazines from the 20’s and 40’s that I got at a neighbor’s garage sale, so I included them.

Here’s a short slideshow of some of the highlights of the magazines I said goodbye to: