National Geographic Releases Spectacular Unpublished Pictures From Their Archives


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  This archive contains rare and unpublished photos that for one reason or another never originally made it to print.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


Image source: Horst Luz

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


Image source: Alfred T. Palmer

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


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


Image source: NASA

Irish Guards remain at attention after one guardsman faints, 1966


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


Image source: James L. Stanfield

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


Image source: Volkmar K. Wentzel

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


Image source: Robert B. Goodman

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


Image source: Walter Chandoha

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


Image source: Franklin Price Knott

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


Image source: Thomas J. Abercrombie

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


Image source: William Reed

A passageway in Algeria


Image source: Thomas J. Abercrombie

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


Image source: Gilbert H. Grosvenor

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


Image source: Robert Madden

Women sit in a modern chic boutique in Casablanca, 1971


Image source: Thomas J. Abercrombie

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


Image source: David Alan Harvey

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


Image source: James P. Blair

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


Image source: Chris Johns

Princess Grace Kelly in Monaco, 1962


Image source: Gilbert H. Grosvenor

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


Image source: Robert B. Goodman

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


Image source: Robert B. Goodman

(Via deMilked)

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