FOUND – Celebrating 125 years of National Geographic

FOUND is a curated collection of photography from the National Geographic archives. In honor of our 125th anniversary, we are showcasing photographs that reveal cultures and moments of the past. Many of these photos have never been published and are rarely seen by the public.

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.

If you have insights to share about an image, please let us know.

This is just the beginning of a great adventure. We will be adding new voices, stories, and artifacts as we go. We look forward to sharing this experience with everyone, and hope you make FOUND your home for inspiration and wonder.
The FOUND Logo

The typeface used in the FOUND logo is Ludwig Light, designed by National Geographic cartographer Charles E. Riddiford in the 1930s and 40s. A humanist serif typeface, Ludwig’s calligraphic sensibilities offer a nod to the behind-the-scenes work of FOUND’s curators and editors. Its deep connection to National Geographic’s rich history make it a great choice for FOUND’s logo.

For more on National Geographic’s cartographic typefaces, read this piece by geographer Juan Valdes.

A seaplane docked at Keuka Lake near Hammondsport, New York.Photograph courtesy Alexander Graham Bell Collection

A seaplane docked at Keuka Lake near Hammondsport, New York.
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL COLLECTION

Tips on using color in your photographs.

A species of fig receives a bi-montly pruning in Managua, Nicaragua, August 1944.Photograph by Luis Marden, National Geographic

A species of fig receives a bi-montly pruning in Managua, Nicaragua, August 1944.
PHOTOGRAPH BY LUIS MARDEN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Smiling young woman holds chick above chicken-filled incubator drawer in Arkansas, July 1944.Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart, National Geographic

Smiling young woman holds chick above chicken-filled incubator drawer in Arkansas, July 1944.
PHOTOGRAPH BY B. ANTHONY STEWART, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

A park visitor films an American black bear and her two cubs in Yellowstone, December 1965.Photograph by Dean Conger, National Geographic

A park visitor films an American black bear and her two cubs in Yellowstone, December 1965.
PHOTOGRAPH BY DEAN CONGER, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

A dog plays on a seesaw with children in Scotland, March 1919.Photograph by William Reid, National Geographic

A dog plays on a seesaw with children in Scotland, March 1919.
PHOTOGRAPH BY WILLIAM REID, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Deauville, Basse-Normandie, France. August 1st, 1988.Photograph by Jodi Cobb, National Geographic

Deauville, Basse-Normandie, France. August 1st, 1988.
PHOTOGRAPH BY JODI COBB, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Tourists admire the beauty and size of the Washington Monument, April 1935.Photograph by Jacob J. Gayer, National Geographic

Tourists admire the beauty and size of the Washington Monument, April 1935.
PHOTOGRAPH BY JACOB J. GAYER, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

A woman holds three seven-month old mountain lion kittens in Arizona.Photograph by Clifton R. Adams, National Geographic

A woman holds three seven-month old mountain lion kittens in Arizona.
PHOTOGRAPH BY CLIFTON R. ADAMS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Many methods were tried, some unorthodox, in an effort to lure the Loch Ness monster into camera range. Here brave divers execute a baiting using cow’s blood and a bait basket trolled at a 60-foot depth.Photograph by Emory Kristof, National Geographic

Many methods were tried, some unorthodox, in an effort to lure the Loch Ness monster into camera range. Here brave divers execute a baiting using cow’s blood and a bait basket trolled at a 60-foot depth.
PHOTOGRAPH BY EMORY KRISTOF, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

An attendant feeds a dolphin during a performance at Marineland in Florida, November 1952.Photograph by Luis Marden, National Geographic

An attendant feeds a dolphin during a performance at Marineland in Florida, November 1952.
PHOTOGRAPH BY LUIS MARDEN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Man looks out on the Eiffel Tower.Photograph by Clifton R. Adams, National Geographic

Man looks out on the Eiffel Tower.
PHOTOGRAPH BY CLIFTON R. ADAMS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Malays in traditional dress dance for guests at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, August 1966.Photograph by Winfield Parks, National Geographic

Malays in traditional dress dance for guests at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, August 1966.
PHOTOGRAPH BY WINFIELD PARKS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Annie Oakley’s niece shows off mementos to woman costumed as Annie in Greenville, Ohio, April 1955.Photograph by Bates Littlehales, National Geographic

Annie Oakley’s niece shows off mementos to woman costumed as Annie in Greenville, Ohio, April 1955.
PHOTOGRAPH BY BATES LITTLEHALES, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

A Burchell’s zebra at rest in the African terrain. From a March 1909 article about President Theodore Roosevelt’s upcoming hunting trip to Kenya.Photograph by Carl E. Akeley, National Geographic

A Burchell’s zebra at rest in the African terrain. From a March 1909 article about President Theodore Roosevelt’s upcoming hunting trip to Kenya.
PHOTOGRAPH BY CARL E. AKELEY, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Shan man and two priests prepare to set off bamboo rockets in rain, Myanmar, November 1931.Photograph by W. Robert Moore, National Geographic

Shan man and two priests prepare to set off bamboo rockets in rain, Myanmar, November 1931.
PHOTOGRAPH BY W. ROBERT MOORE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Red sailed wood sailboats travel the winding Turag River in Bangladesh, September 1972.Photograph by Dick Durrance II, National Geographic

Red sailed wood sailboats travel the winding Turag River in Bangladesh, September 1972.
PHOTOGRAPH BY DICK DURRANCE II, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

A milkman and his terrier pose at the back of a milk truck, May 1948.Photograph by Melville B. Grosvenor, National Geographic

A milkman and his terrier pose at the back of a milk truck, May 1948.
PHOTOGRAPH BY MELVILLE B. GROSVENOR, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Museum tourists admire an enormous carving of Pharaoh Ramses II in Egypt, April 1991.Photograph by O. Lewis Mazzatenta, National Geographic

Museum tourists admire an enormous carving of Pharaoh Ramses II in Egypt, April 1991.
PHOTOGRAPH BY O. LEWIS MAZZATENTA, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

A girl wears a novelty braided Texas straw hat, October 1939.Photograph by Luis Marden, National Geographic

A girl wears a novelty braided Texas straw hat, October 1939.
PHOTOGRAPH BY LUIS MARDEN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

A female musher participates in a dog sled race through Nome, Alaska, March 1919. Read January’s “Into the Unknown” for an in-depth experience of what dog sledding exploration was like in the early 1900s.Photograph by Thomas A. Ross, National Geographic

A female musher participates in a dog sled race through Nome, Alaska, March 1919. Read January’s “Into the Unknown” for an in-depth experience of what dog sledding exploration was like in the early 1900s.
PHOTOGRAPH BY THOMAS A. ROSS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Woman holds plate containing new grain sprouts to celebrate the new year in Tehran, Iran, March 1947.Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic

Woman holds plate containing new grain sprouts to celebrate the new year in Tehran, Iran, March 1947.
PHOTOGRAPH BY MAYNARD OWEN WILLIAMS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Armed Bedouin Beni Sakhr chiefs await their king’s visit in Jordan, December 1964.Photograph by Luis Marden, National Geographic

Armed Bedouin Beni Sakhr chiefs await their king’s visit in Jordan, December 1964.
PHOTOGRAPH BY LUIS MARDEN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Boys boxing in Washington D.C.Photograph by Orren R. Louden, National Geographic

Boys boxing in Washington D.C.
PHOTOGRAPH BY ORREN R. LOUDEN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

A view of a bathing ghat on the shores of the Ganges River in India, 1923.Photograph by Jules Gervais Courtellemont, National Geographic

A view of a bathing ghat on the shores of the Ganges River in India, 1923.
PHOTOGRAPH BY JULES GERVAIS COURTELLEMONT, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Former soldiers study cake decorating at a vocational school in Puerto Rico, April 1951.Photograph by Justin Locke, National Geographic

Former soldiers study cake decorating at a vocational school in Puerto Rico, April 1951.
PHOTOGRAPH BY JUSTIN LOCKE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Rear view mirror glimpse of Euphrates camp near Marl Cliffs, Iraq.Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic

Rear view mirror glimpse of Euphrates camp near Marl Cliffs, Iraq.
PHOTOGRAPH BY MAYNARD OWEN WILLIAMS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

A portrait of a woman riding an ostrich in South Africa, August 1942.Photograph by W. Robert Moore, National Geographic

A portrait of a woman riding an ostrich in South Africa, August 1942.
PHOTOGRAPH BY W. ROBERT MOORE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

An Indian movie crew filming a wedding scene at “Famous Studios” in Bombay, March 1948.Photograph by Volkmar K. Wentzel, National Geographic

An Indian movie crew filming a wedding scene at “Famous Studios” in Bombay, March 1948.
PHOTOGRAPH BY VOLKMAR K. WENTZEL, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Portrait of a Sudanese woman from Kodak (Egypt) Ltd., purchased abroad by Maynard Owen Williams, 1920.Photograph by Kodak Ltd.

Portrait of a Sudanese woman from Kodak (Egypt) Ltd., purchased abroad by Maynard Owen Williams, 1920.
PHOTOGRAPH BY KODAK LTD.

Teenagers run and play on large white sand dunes in New Mexico, 1957.Photograph by J. Baylor Roberts, National Geographic

Teenagers run and play on large white sand dunes in New Mexico, 1957.
PHOTOGRAPH BY J. BAYLOR ROBERTS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

A bullfighter waves red cape in front of a bull and a crowded stadium in Seville, Spain, April 1951.Photograph by Luis Marden, National Geographic

A bullfighter waves red cape in front of a bull and a crowded stadium in Seville, Spain, April 1951.
PHOTOGRAPH BY LUIS MARDEN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Cars parked at a drive-in theater with a 53-foot wide screen in Alexandria, Virginia, December 1941.Photograph by J. Baylor Roberts, National Geographic

Cars parked at a drive-in theater with a 53-foot wide screen in Alexandria, Virginia, December 1941.
PHOTOGRAPH BY J. BAYLOR ROBERTS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Pilgrims bathe in the Narmada’s 160-foot-tall Kadil Dhara waterfall in India, November 1988.Photograph by James P. Blair, National Geographic

Pilgrims bathe in the Narmada’s 160-foot-tall Kadil Dhara waterfall in India, November 1988.
PHOTOGRAPH BY JAMES P. BLAIR, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Tourists on horses ride past a life-size apatosaurus statue in a South Dakota dinosaur park, 1956.Photograph by Bates Littlehales, National Geographic

Tourists on horses ride past a life-size apatosaurus statue in a South Dakota dinosaur park, 1956.
PHOTOGRAPH BY BATES LITTLEHALES, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

A close-up portrait of a coal miner in Omar, West Virginia, 1938.Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart, National Geographic

A close-up portrait of a coal miner in Omar, West Virginia, 1938.
PHOTOGRAPH BY B. ANTHONY STEWART, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

A group of dancers perform at the Mississippi State College for Women, 1937.Photograph by J. Baylor Roberts, National Geographic

A group of dancers perform at the Mississippi State College for Women, 1937.
PHOTOGRAPH BY J. BAYLOR ROBERTS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

A female worker helps insulate wires on a large generator in Czechoslovakia, February 1968.Photograph by James P. Blair, National Geographic

A female worker helps insulate wires on a large generator in Czechoslovakia, February 1968.
PHOTOGRAPH BY JAMES P. BLAIR, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Reading the news in France.Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic

Reading the news in France.
PHOTOGRAPH BY MAYNARD OWEN WILLIAMS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Peasant takes up collection for new church donning keg and cow horn in Austria, November 1932.Photograph by Hans Hildenbrand, National Geographic

Peasant takes up collection for new church donning keg and cow horn in Austria, November 1932.
PHOTOGRAPH BY HANS HILDENBRAND, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

A sea star amid dark strands of kelp at low tide in British Columbia, August 1981.Photograph by Sam Abell, National Geographic

A sea star amid dark strands of kelp at low tide in British Columbia, August 1981.
PHOTOGRAPH BY SAM ABELL, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Children cool off from summer heat outside a Connecticut firehouse, April 1935.Photograph by Luis Marden, National Geographic

Children cool off from summer heat outside a Connecticut firehouse, April 1935.
PHOTOGRAPH BY LUIS MARDEN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

The Johanneskirche Protestant Church reflects on the water in Stuttgart, Germany, August 1928.Photograph by Hans Hildenbrand, National Geographic

The Johanneskirche Protestant Church reflects on the water in Stuttgart, Germany, August 1928.
PHOTOGRAPH BY HANS HILDENBRAND, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Two girls wearing shawls pose for a portrait in Huwara, Palestine, 1926.Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic

Two girls wearing shawls pose for a portrait in Huwara, Palestine, 1926.
PHOTOGRAPH BY MAYNARD OWEN WILLIAMS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Bengal tigers crouch as animal trainer carries a 300-pound lion in Moscow, March 1966.Photograph by Dean Conger, National Geographic

Bengal tigers crouch as animal trainer carries a 300-pound lion in Moscow, March 1966.
PHOTOGRAPH BY DEAN CONGER, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Portrait of a csikos herdsman seated on his horse in Hajdu, Hungary, 1930.Photograph by Hans Hildenbrand, National Geographic

Portrait of a csikos herdsman seated on his horse in Hajdu, Hungary, 1930.
PHOTOGRAPH BY HANS HILDENBRAND, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Members of a Salonica youth organization reenact a Macedonian battle, December 1930.Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic

Members of a Salonica youth organization reenact a Macedonian battle, December 1930.
PHOTOGRAPH BY MAYNARD OWEN WILLIAMS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Undated autochrome of a water lily garden.Photograph by Franklin Price Knott, National Geographic

Undated autochrome of a water lily garden.
PHOTOGRAPH BY FRANKLIN PRICE KNOTT, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Subway train headed to the Plaza Italia Station in Buenos Aires, November 1939.Photograph by Luis Marden, National Geographic

Subway train headed to the Plaza Italia Station in Buenos Aires, November 1939.
PHOTOGRAPH BY LUIS MARDEN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Motorcycle club members wear studded leather jackets and rakish caps in London, England, June 1966.Photograph by James P. Blair, National Geographic

Motorcycle club members wear studded leather jackets and rakish caps in London, England, June 1966.
PHOTOGRAPH BY JAMES P. BLAIR, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

A girl feeds her pet bear in Riggins, Idaho.Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic

A girl feeds her pet bear in Riggins, Idaho.
PHOTOGRAPH BY MAYNARD OWEN WILLIAMS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Sledders clamber up a snowy hill in Central Park, December 1960.Photograph by Bates Littlehales, National Geographic

Sledders clamber up a snowy hill in Central Park, December 1960.
PHOTOGRAPH BY BATES LITTLEHALES, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

A grouper is examined by three kittens at Marineland in Florida, 1938.Photograph by Luis Marden, National Geographic

A grouper is examined by three kittens at Marineland in Florida, 1938.
PHOTOGRAPH BY LUIS MARDEN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Campers prepare a meal beneath sea grape trees. Cinnamon Bay, Virgin Islands, 1968.Photograph by James L. Stanfield, National Geographic

Campers prepare a meal beneath sea grape trees. Cinnamon Bay, Virgin Islands, 1968.
PHOTOGRAPH BY JAMES L. STANFIELD, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Club members on the ocean front are shaded by decorative parasols, 1930.Photograph by Clifton R. Adams, National Geographic

Club members on the ocean front are shaded by decorative parasols, 1930.
PHOTOGRAPH BY CLIFTON R. ADAMS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

 On assignment in Denmark, 1947.Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic

 On assignment in Denmark, 1947.
PHOTOGRAPH BY MAYNARD OWEN WILLIAMS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

A view of the Taj Mahal on the Jumna River, 1923. Photograph by Jules Gervais Courtellemont, National Geographic

A view of the Taj Mahal on the Jumna River, 1923.
PHOTOGRAPH BY JULES GERVAIS COURTELLEMONT, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

A student works at the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem, 1927.Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic

A student works at the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem, 1927.
PHOTOGRAPH BY MAYNARD OWEN WILLIAMS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Dancing men brandish spears and palm-leaf shields in Fiji, November 1958.Photograph by Luis Marden, National Geographic

Dancing men brandish spears and palm-leaf shields in Fiji, November 1958.
PHOTOGRAPH BY LUIS MARDEN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Tuareg goatherds drink tea in their desert shelter at Hassi Izernene, August 1973.Photograph by Thomas J. Abercrombie, National Geographic

Tuareg goatherds drink tea in their desert shelter at Hassi Izernene, August 1973.
PHOTOGRAPH BY THOMAS J. ABERCROMBIE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

A Highland cow is bid on at an auction, May 1970.Photograph by Kenneth Macleish, National Geographic

A Highland cow is bid on at an auction, May 1970.
PHOTOGRAPH BY KENNETH MACLEISH, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

A photograph of a Spanish dancer posing in her costume.Photograph by Wilhelm Tobien, National Geographic

A photograph of a Spanish dancer posing in her costume.
PHOTOGRAPH BY WILHELM TOBIEN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Children swim and play in oceanside pool, February 1955.Photograph by Franc & Jean Shor, National Geographic

Children swim and play in oceanside pool, February 1955.
PHOTOGRAPH BY FRANC & JEAN SHOR, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Alexander Graham Bell and Mabel kissing within a tetrahedral kite, October 1903.Photograph courtesy Library of Congress

Alexander Graham Bell and Mabel kissing within a tetrahedral kite, October 1903.
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

A cowgirl puts a nickel in an El Paso parking meter to hitch her pony, October 1939.Photograph by Luis Marden, National Geographic

A cowgirl puts a nickel in an El Paso parking meter to hitch her pony, October 1939.
PHOTOGRAPH BY LUIS MARDEN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Photographer’s reflection in a cut-out silhouette in a window.Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic

Photographer’s reflection in a cut-out silhouette in a window.
PHOTOGRAPH BY MAYNARD OWEN WILLIAMS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

A woman dressed for a bullfight stands in a doorway, August 1924.Photograph by Jules Gervais Courtellemont, National Geographic

A woman dressed for a bullfight stands in a doorway, August 1924.
PHOTOGRAPH BY JULES GERVAIS COURTELLEMONT, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

People enjoying the Gellert Bath, an outdoor swimming pool on the banks of the Danube, January 1930.Photograph by Hans Hildenbrand, National Geographic

People enjoying the Gellert Bath, an outdoor swimming pool on the banks of the Danube, January 1930.
PHOTOGRAPH BY HANS HILDENBRAND, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

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