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A Kit of Pigeons--on eBay

Updated on August 15, 2013
Victoria Crowned Pigeons
Victoria Crowned Pigeons | Source
Park Pigeons
Park Pigeons | Source
Fantails--Blue (left), Black (center), and White (right and center on nest)
Fantails--Blue (left), Black (center), and White (right and center on nest) | Source
Pigeon Ecclesiastics--Jacobins (background), Helmet (left foreground), and Nun (right)
Pigeon Ecclesiastics--Jacobins (background), Helmet (left foreground), and Nun (right) | Source
A Pigeon Medley--(left to right) Barbs, Carrier, Dragoon
A Pigeon Medley--(left to right) Barbs, Carrier, Dragoon | Source
Pouters | Source
Table Pigeons--Swiss Mondaine (upper left), Carneau (upper right), and Kings (foreground)
Table Pigeons--Swiss Mondaine (upper left), Carneau (upper right), and Kings (foreground) | Source
Racing Homers
Racing Homers | Source
Tumblers--Muffed (lower left and upper right), and Clean-legged (lower right and upper left)
Tumblers--Muffed (lower left and upper right), and Clean-legged (lower right and upper left) | Source
Swallow Pigeons
Swallow Pigeons | Source
Oriental Frills--Satinette (upper left), Bluette (lower left), and Blondinette (right)
Oriental Frills--Satinette (upper left), Bluette (lower left), and Blondinette (right) | Source
Magpies--So Named Due to Plumage Resemblance to the Wild Magpie
Magpies--So Named Due to Plumage Resemblance to the Wild Magpie | Source

Finding Treasure in Old Magazines

Fascinating items await discovery in old National Geographic magazines.

Fancying myself as a resurrector, if you will, of vintage ephemera--specifically, ads, prints, and articles--I've lost track of the number of antique NG pages I've sold from the 1920's, 1940's, 1950's, and, soon, from the 1930's.

Along the way, I've learned a great deal about a variety of things. This hobby/entrerpreneurial pursuit I've chosen in my own vintage years has rewarded me in ways that transcend personal finance. As I regularly include in my eBay listings, the reasons for collecting vintage paper are numerous and--may I add--even more valid and significant for the seller.


  • To preserve Americana
  • To understand our heritage
  • To appreciate our social, cultural, political, and economic roots
  • To enhance our grasp of history
  • To compare and contrast the past with the present
  • To leave as a legacy for future generations
  • To own as antique collectibles
  • To acknowledge the art and artists of yesteryear
  • To frame and craft into attractive gifts
  • To utilize as decorative household pieces
  • To buy, sell, and trade
  • To enjoy a good return on investment
  • To visually and emotionally revel in their pure aesthetic appeal

Resurrecting Old Paper

Due to a large acquisition of old National Geographic periodicals I'd made last fall, the passageway between the computer room and my bedroom/office had become a bit cluttered with the magazines bearing the familiar yellow and white covers.

Originally, one of the eBay niches I ventured into last year was the marketing of old magazines. Unfortunately--or, perhaps, providentially, some of the covers of the old magazines were coming loose even with gentle handling. Unable to sell such poor quality magazines, I pondered the possibility of selling the contents within.

Vision led to action.

Action taken turned into mistakes.

Lessons learned from those mistakes then shaped success.

Soon, I was seeing a trickle of sales coming in for the old-fashioned ads, prints, and multiple-paged articles. Up ahead? Hopefully, a deluge of orders.

So that's what I've been doing--and enjoying immensely--these past few months.

Hashime Murayama

About a week ago, I discovered six double-sided print pages from a 1926 issue presenting the lovely prints--paintings from life, as NG referred to them--that had been crafted by the very talented Japanese-American artist, Hashime Murayama.

Murayama had an outstanding work ethic and produced the bulk of National Geographic's artwork from the 1920's until late 1941. His diligent research, keen eye for detail, and obsession with accuracy are reflected in his paintings.

Immediately following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the president and chief executive of the National Geographic Society, Gilbert M. Grosvenor, fired Hashime Murayama and told him to leave the building immediately. Grosvenor stated that he didn't want any enemy sympathizers on his staff.

It was an unfortunate act. Not much is documented in regards to how Hashime Murayama and his family fared. But we can certainly be grateful for the scores of Murayama's beautiful prints that graced the pages of National Geographic.

Twelve of his pigeon prints are featured here in the right margin. Starting at the top, the first and second pictures were opposite sides of the first color plate page; the third and forth were opposite sides of the second page, and so forth.

I listed all six pages with two respective photos for each listing. As of this writing, I've sold two pages (4 prints) at $9.98 per double-sided page--prints 1/2 and prints 3/4. The gorgeous prints virtually sold themselves.

I have much to be thankful for. But even if I were to walk away having learned only one important thing from the processing, marketing, selling, packaging, and shipping of these beautiful prints, it's this--

A group of pigeons is called a KIT!

My next project? Finding the KABOODLE!

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  • hawaiianodysseus profile imageAUTHOR

    Hawaiian Odysseus 

    6 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Pamela Kinnaird W

    Aloha, and mahalo for stopping by! Yes, I grew up on the east side of Kaua'i and went to Kapa'a High, the only school at the time that had never won a football championship...quite an accomplishment since there were (and are) only three high schools on the island.

    Ironically, I lived in Hawai'i for my first 18 years but only went to Maui on two occasions--as an 11-year-old Little League All-Star player and then, later, as a 19-year-old Hawaiian Airlines junior agent asked by my boss to spy on the Maui operations (loved the free trip).

    Both times, I was mesmerized by the incredible and sudden rise in altitude of Haleakala! Wow, you were so fortunate to have lived on that beautiful island for a few years.

    Just read your Hub about the poisonous cone shells! Great information there, Pamela!

    Take care, and know that--just like in the islands--we'll bump into each other now and then! : )

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    Pamela Dapples 

    6 years ago from Just Arizona Now

    Aloha hawaiianodysseus, these are such nice vintage photos you have posted.

    That's terrible that Hashime Murayama was fired. There are so many instances of things like that happening at that time. If you ever come across a happy ending to his life story, please share it with your followers.

    I read your comment above to Pamela N Red. A gathering of doves is called a piteousness? That's interesting. I hope I can remember that word. You grew up on Kaua'i? How nice. I remember hearing the mourning doves' cooing every morning when we lived five years in Hawaii Kai, Oahu. It's those little things you miss when you go away.

    Great hub. Voting up and awesome.

  • hawaiianodysseus profile imageAUTHOR

    Hawaiian Odysseus 

    6 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @Dahlia Flower

    Good afternoon from your southern neighbor! Thanks for stopping by and reading this Hub.

    Yes, I know what you mean about missed opportunities. There are times, like just this past weekend when I was searching through these large bins at Goodwill Outlet Centers in Vancouver, Washington, and Hillsboro, Oregon, when I come across items that create mental wrestling matches between my impulsivity and my critical thinking. I have to make a quick judgment on the spot because there are all these other people jostling and elbowing on either side of me. Often, after having tossed things back, I've come away from the experience with this nagging sense of regret.

    Anyway, I'm thankful I didn't miss the issue that contained these beautiful color prints of Murayama's amazing artwork.


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    Dahlia Flower 

    6 years ago from Canada

    I really enjoyed this. It's great that you're doing something you really like to do.

    I saw a book once on pigeons with photographs of more than 500 kinds -- and their scientific names, geographical areas, etc. I still to this day wish I'd bought that book. It was half price at a discount and gently used book store. I can count on one hand the number of times I haven't bought a book I really wanted -- and that was one of them. All five times -- were mistakes. lol

  • hawaiianodysseus profile imageAUTHOR

    Hawaiian Odysseus 

    6 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Pamela N Red!

    Actually, a gathering of doves is called a dole, flight, or piteousness. (Interesting word, that last one...)

    It must be a real treat to have a dole of doves near your home. Back on the island of Kaua'i where I grew up, I'd never cease to be amazed at how the low-pitch cooing of the mourning dove could be heard over a great distance.

    I haven't done the research yet, but I'm thinking that doves and pigeons gotta be related.

    Congratulations on your many accolades. I am motivated and inspired by diligent hubbers like you!

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    Pamela N Red 

    6 years ago from Oklahoma

    They look like they are tumbling down from the sky in the video.

    Are doves called a kit? If so I have a kit of mourning doves that live around my house.

  • hawaiianodysseus profile imageAUTHOR

    Hawaiian Odysseus 

    6 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Aloha kakahiaka (Good morning), wetnosedogs!

    I was familiar with the synonymous terms of flock or flight, but kit was definitely new to me. Seems like something more fitting for felines. I found a neat video that also used the same term, and the owner is from my home state, so it was a timely and appropriate addition to my hub. Thanks for your great support and encouragement! Keep up the great work and social connections on HubPages!

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    6 years ago from Alabama

    Didn't know a pigeon group is called a kit. How about that? I have learned something new again. Happy ebay fun to you.


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