National Geographic Releases Spectacular Unpublished Pictures From Their Archives


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The National Geographic developed the “Found” archive in 2013 to celebrate its 125th year.  This archive contains rare and unpublished photos that for one reason or another never originally made it to print.

When you look through our favorites from the Found archive below, you’ll be glad that NatGeo kept them somewhere and didn’t just dispose of them as quite often happened at the time.

What’s your favorite?

Welts, scars of beauty, pattern the entire back of a Nuba woman in Sudan, 1966

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Image source: Horst Luz

A kitten aboard a floating Victoria water lily pad in the Philippines, 1935

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Image source: Alfred T. Palmer

Dozens of visitors frolic in the water as seen through a palm frond in Acapulco, Mexico, 1964

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Image source: Thomas Nebbia

Astronaut Bruce McCandless II floats a few meters away from Space Shuttle Challenger during the historic first use of a nitrogen-propelled manned maneuvering unit in 1984

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Image source: NASA

Irish Guards remain at attention after one guardsman faints, 1966

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Women carry baskets on their heads while children play in Kotaka, Mali, 1991

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Image source: James L. Stanfield

Flamingos standing and feeding in a pool near salt beds, Netherlands Antilles

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Image source: Volkmar K. Wentzel

A woodman notches a felled tree’s trunk for sectioning in Western Australia, 1962.

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Image source: Robert B. Goodman

With claws bared, a kitten attacks its own mirrored reflection, 1964

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Image source: Walter Chandoha

Woman adorned like a Chinese goddess poses in a garden in California, 1915

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Image source: Franklin Price Knott

The wind sculpts the dunes of the Sahara Desert in the Erg Bourarhet, Algeria, 1973

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Image source: Thomas J. Abercrombie

A man herds sheep with the help of his collies in Scotland, 1919.

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Image source: William Reed

A passageway in Algeria

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Image source: Thomas J. Abercrombie

A man stands dwarfed under the Ape-Ape leaves of Puohokamoa Gulch in Maui, Hawaii, 1924.

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Image source: Gilbert H. Grosvenor

A young girl plays in a replica of a lunar-module in Toronto, Canada, August 1975

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Image source: Robert Madden

Women sit in a modern chic boutique in Casablanca, 1971

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Image source: Thomas J. Abercrombie

The Statue of Liberty hails dawn over New York Harbor in 1978

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Image source: David Alan Harvey

A white fallow stag stands in a forest in Switzerland, 1973

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Image source: James P. Blair

A shadow of a man holding a bicycle is cast on a wall near the Zambezi River, 1996

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Image source: Chris Johns

Princess Grace Kelly in Monaco, 1962

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Image source: Gilbert H. Grosvenor

Surfers overpopulate the waves off of Bondi Beach in Australia, 1963

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Image source: Robert B. Goodman

Men blast granite to build tunnels for a hydroelectric project in Australia, 1963

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Image source: Robert B. Goodman

(Via deMilked)

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