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National Geographic Unveils New Tumblr Site

people bathing in the danube

People enjoying the Gellert Bath, an outdoor swimming pool on the banks of the Danube, January 1930.
PHOTOGRAPH BY HANS HILDENBRAND, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

To commemorate the National Geographic magazine’s 125th anniversary, they launched a new Tumblr entitled Found. Though the site is still in its early stages, several photos have already been dug up from the archives, some of which have never been published.

William Bonner, curator of National Geographic’s extensive photo archive in Washington D.C., is spearheading this initiative. His appreciation for the collection continues to grow through the years as he finds more and more inspiring images hidden in the shelves.

“Many of these photos have never been published and are rarely seen by the public,” the publication explains on its Tumblr. “We hope to bring new life to these images by sharing them with audiences far and wide. Their beauty has been lost to the outside world for years and many of the images are missing their original date or location.”

The photos you’ll find on Found cover a wide scope of cultures from different eras, some of them more unusual than the others. Take for example this photo of Alexander Graham Bell kissing his wife, Mabel. Yes, that is a tetrahedral kite. Why a tetrahedral kite?! Who knows. These photos reveal real moments from the past that are rarely seen by the public, so have your fill; you won’t be disappointed.

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Alexander Graham Bell and Mabel kissing within a tetrahedral kite, October 1903.
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

girl feeding bear

A girl feeds her pet bear in Riggins, Idaho.
PHOTOGRAPH BY MAYNARD OWEN WILLIAMS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Motorcycle club members wear studded leather jackets and rakish caps in London, England, June 1966. PHOTOGRAPH BY JAMES P. BLAIR, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Motorcycle club members wear studded leather jackets and rakish caps in London, England, June 1966.
PHOTOGRAPH BY JAMES P. BLAIR, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

photo of taj mahal

A view of the Taj Mahal on the Jumna River, 1923.
PHOTOGRAPH BY JULES GERVAIS COURTELLEMONT, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

dancing men from fiji

Dancing men brandish spears and palm-leaf shields in Fiji, November 1958.
PHOTOGRAPH BY LUIS MARDEN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

tuareg goatherds drinking tea in dessert

Tuareg goatherds drink tea in their desert shelter at Hassi Izernene, August 1973.
PHOTOGRAPH BY THOMAS J. ABERCROMBIE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

You can purchase prints here.

Patricia Ramos the author

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.

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