Thursday, April 4, 2013

National Geographic Found

* girl wearing a novelty braided Texas straw hat, October 1939 / photo by Luis Marden
* London motorcycle club members, June 1966 / photo by James P. Blair
* ballet dancers practice The Nutcracker in San Diego, July 1969 / photo by James L. Amos

As a child, one of my favorite things to do was dig through my parents' collection of old National Geographic magazines.  There were tons of them--I think they may have inherited some from their own parents--and I could spend hours poring over them.  They were one of my first windows on the world outside my own mid-American suburban life.

Those magazines are one of the things that my parents have shed--no doubt at some garage sale along the way--that I wish I'd made them keep so I could have them now.  But the good news is that I can still get my daily fix of National Geographic!  In honor of their 125th anniversary, they have started a Tumblr blog, called Found, and it is full of gorgeous photos, many of which have never before been published.  I shared a taste of Found here, but do go check it out for yourself to see much, much more! 

* coal miner in Omar, West Virginia, 1938 / photo by B. Anthony Stewart
* dog on a seesaw with children in Scotland, March 1919 / photo by William Reid
* Alexander Graham Bell and Mabel (in a tetrahedal kite) kissing, October 1903 / photograph courtesy Library of Congress
* portrait of a Sudanese women, 1920 / photo by Kodak Ltd.



  1. There are so many great photos on that Tumblr! I love the straw hat girl.

  2. my mom and dad still have all of their from the 70s? 80s? not sure when we stopped getting them.
    i could have her send them to you :) think we'd find any at the thrifts?


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