Lynn climbing the Matterhorn.
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"This is a story, a picture story, of two very lucky people before whom was spread out the greatest of treasures, the planet Earth.
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We traveled aboard a magic carpet, the one with the yellow borders, National Geographic magazine. During four decades we wandered over all the continents and left wakes across the seven seas."
The grandchild of Thomas J. and Lynn B. Abercrombie, National Geographic photographers, shares a photo album of his grandparents that is awe-inspiring.
From the deserts of Saudi Arabia to the jungles of Venezuela, from the white sands of the Fiji Islands to sailing the Baltic Sea, Tom's ingenuity and adaptability was demonstrated time and again. In our book, you can see the challenges Tom faced and his resourceful solutions.
Lynn, an accomplished photographer in her own right, traveled with her husband to many isolated and forbidding places. As a complement to Tom, Lynn's freelance contributions to the Geographic provided a feminine side to the story. Women and children felt more at ease being photographed by Lynn, and she was allowed to visit harems and other places off-limits to men.
Thomas J. Abercrombie
was a senior staff writer and photographer for National Geographic, well known for his work on Middle Eastern countries.
During his tenure at the Geographic magazine, Abercrombie travelled to all seven continents, becoming the first staff photojournalist to travel to the South Pole in 1956 while providing photographs for Paul Siple's coverage of the first overwinter stay at the South Pole Station.
Other notable coverage includes his photographs of Jacques Cousteau and his crew aboard Cousteau's vessel the Calypso
and the transit of the first white tiger from India to the United States. Abercrombie was the first Western journalist to cover the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in his article Beyond the Sands of Mecca
, published 1966.