45 Incredible Photos from the Archives of National Geographic

National Geographic (formerly the National Geographic Magazine, sometimes branded as NAT GEO) is an American monthly magazine published by the National Geographic Society. Known for its photojournalism, it is one of the most widely read magazines of all time.

The magazine was founded in 1888 as a scholarly journal, nine months after the establishment of the society. In 1905, it began including pictures, a style for which it became well-known. Its first color photos appeared in the 1910s. During the Cold War, the magazine committed itself to presenting a balanced view of the physical and human geography of nations beyond the Iron Curtain. In later years, the magazine became outspoken on environmental issues. Since 2019, controlling interest has been held by The Walt Disney Company.

Topics of features generally concern science, geography, history, and world culture. The magazine is well known for its distinctive appearance: a thick square-bound glossy format with a yellow rectangular border. Map supplements from National Geographic Maps are included with subscriptions. It is available in a traditional printed edition and an interactive online edition.

As of 1995, the magazine was circulated worldwide in nearly 40 local-language editions and had a global circulation of at least 6.5 million per month (down from about 12 million in the late 1980s), including 3.5 million within the U.S. As of September 2021, its Instagram page has 191 million followers, the most of any account not belonging to an individual celebrity. As of 2015, the magazine had won 25 National Magazine Awards. (Wikipedia)

A Thai woman poses in a Panung, the national costume, 1907.
A rainbow arches over Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
A portrait of an Ojibway girl, 1907.
A dog observes a gramophone during a South Pole expedition, 1911.
A child looks on as stars are sewn onto a US flag, 1917.
A WWI soldier bandages a Red Cross canine helper, 1917.
A girl pets a calf in Scotland, 1918.
A man herds sheep with the help of his collies in Scotland, 1919.
A police dog biting some ankles during a training exercise, 1919.
Locals relax by the tulip fields along the canal in Haarlem, The Netherlands, 1931.
Inside a Canadian Railway classroom, 1932.
A man roaming Chicago’s famous LaSalle Street train station, 1936.
A Drugstore Cowboy prepares to make deliveries, 1938.
A blue-ribbon winning mare with its owner in Waterloo, Iowa, 1939.
People sunbathe beside a swimming pool in Charlotte, North Carolina, 1941.
A dog leaps over a woman, 1941.
An x-ray demonstration of the new Westinghouse electric razor, 1941.
An Ouled Nail woman in Algeria wears a tattoo customary for dancers, 1949.
Hillside houses overlook smoke-belching steel mills in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1949.
Force-feeding a snake to ensure its venom supply, 1950.
A demonstration shows how a metal aircraft sheds lightning, 1950.
Uniformed boys pose with king penguins at the London Zoo, 1953.
Children play barefoot in a cactus garden on the Canary Islands, 1955.
Niagara Falls illuminated with rainbow flood lights, 1956.
A man examines the teeth of a 10-month-old Alaskan Malamute puppy near the South Pole, 1957.
A woodman notches a felled tree’s trunk for sectioning in Western Australia, 1962.
People picnic on the rocky heights overlooking Harpers Ferry in Maryland, 1962.
Princess Grace Kelly in Monaco, 1962.
Long exposure of Caracas, Venezuela, 1963
A chorus line high kicks during a show at Cafe Le Can Can in Miami Beach, Florida, 1963.
Surfers overpopulate the waves off of Bondi Beach in Australia, 1963.
Children playing at sunset in Ontario, Canada, 1963.
With claws bared, a kitten attacks its own mirrored reflection, 1964.
A performance of the opera, Aida, in New York City, 1964.
Members of the Irish Guard ignore their fainted comrade, 1966.
The Chicago skyline as a backdrop for rooftop party-goers, 1967.
Bison roaming Yellowstone National Park, 1967.
Marines walk the San Diego streets amid neon signs, 1969.
A Ragtime piano man enjoying the spotlight, 1969.
An Egyptian belly dancer performs for tourists in a nightclub in Cairo, 1972.
Women farming in sugar beet fields, 1974.
Patrons of a KFC in Abu Dhabi, 1975.
Kids in Murmansk, former Soviet Union endure their daily dose of Vitamin D by lamp-light, 1977.
A shadow of a man holding a bicycle appears on a wall near the Zambezi River, 1996.
Nuns in Peru take a break to toss a ball around, 1998.

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