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National Geographic’s ‘Found’ is a Veritable Treasure Trove of History

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National Geographic has long been renowned for its spectacular and awe-inspiring photography. To coincide with their 125th anniversary back in 2013, they launched Found, a blog showcasing a wide array of long forgotten and previously unpublished images in an archive you can browse through at your leisure.

It is a fascinating thing to explore, with myriad well photographed natural marvels to feast your eyes upon. And it’s not just the jaw-dropping scenery and candidly captured nature shots, but images of social history, people from other times just living their lives and doing what they do.

We hope to bring new life to these images and the history they represent by sharing them with audiences far and wide. Many of the images are missing their original date or location, but each represents a story, captured in time yet in many ways timeless.” – Found.

Exploring the site is a gratifying way to while away some time and the quality of images exemplary, as you would reliably expect from National Geographic. If the variety of photographs below whet your appetite, head on over to their archive to see the entire collection.

national geographic 1A man stands next to the cross section of a giant redwood tree in California, 1909. Photograph courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.

National Geographic Found 5Flamingos standing and feeding in a pool near salt beds, Netherlands Antilles. Photograph by Volkmar K. Wentzel, National Geographic Creative.

National Geographic Found 4A wave of rock shaped by wind and rain towers above a plain in Western Australia, September 1963. Photograph by Robert B. Goodman, National Geographic.

national geographic 2People picnic on the rocky heights that overlook Harpers Ferry in Maryland, 1962. Photograph by Volkmar K. Wentzel, National Geographic Creative.

national geographic 3A girl pets a calf in Scotland, 1918. Photograph by William Reed, National Geographic Creative.

All images courtesy of National Geographic’s Found.

Omar Majeed

Omar is a staff writer at Visual Broadcast, and is particularly interested in photography, art and design.

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