March 11, 2013 10:23 AM   Subscribe

"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."
posted by chunking express (13 comments total) 32 users marked this as a favorite

As a young kid I used to collect National Geographic photos. My local library decided to clear out its NG shelves at a certain point and gave away copies. I was in heaven - I filled my backpack with as many as I could carry and spent hours looking at the photos and reading the articles - many of which were quite old. Thank you for the share.
posted by anya32 at 10:45 AM on March 11, 2013

The Taj Mahal one is excellent, I saw it the other day. Also not to be confused with Found Magazine!
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 11:05 AM on March 11, 2013 [1 favorite]

I like that they are using Tumblr as the CMS for this. Perfect use.
posted by wcfields at 11:35 AM on March 11, 2013 [1 favorite]

posted by Glinn at 12:37 PM on March 11, 2013

Yes...the alexander graham bell kissing kite made my morning.
posted by lslelel at 12:40 PM on March 11, 2013

The Taj Mahal one is excellent, I saw it the other day.

Isn't it, though? And it made me wonder why one almost never sees this angle in shots of the Taj Mahal. Is it no longer possible to get that shot, or what?

By the way, fascinating to see they had artificial wave pools that early (see the Gellert baths shot). There's nothing new under the sun, is there?
posted by yoink at 12:52 PM on March 11, 2013

I love this sort of thing, but whenever I see old pictures like these, I can't help but feel a little sad:

They're not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they're destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? - - Carpe - - hear it? - - Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.

I apologize for the wall of text, but that's one of those quotes that you can't really shorten very well.
posted by kaminariko at 1:12 PM on March 11, 2013 [4 favorites]

Wow, this one is straight out of a James Herriot story! Wonderful photos all around.
posted by Grandysaur at 2:07 PM on March 11, 2013

I like that they are using Tumblr as the CMS for this. Perfect use.

Agreed. An added bonus being that you can see a thumbnail archive by including /archive to the home address (a timesaver that works with all Tumblrs) i.e :
posted by 0 answers at 2:36 PM on March 11, 2013

I'm pretty sure that Highland cow has a minor spinal/pelvis problem (it's not just that the cow is slightly turned), and judging by their facial expressions, I think only a handful of them have noticed it at the point the picture was taken. The cow would be fine for dinner table, but certainly not good breeding stock.

/I might be wrong, but I spent my teen years raising Highlands, and rather surprised that my "cow quality judging" part of my brain which hasn't been accessed in years recognized it instantly. But I have to find one of those cane/walking stick/cowpokers those guys have.
posted by chambers at 5:13 PM on March 11, 2013 [1 favorite]

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