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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