Nat Geo Launches New Tumblr to Breathe New Life into Forgotten Photos


In celebration of its 125th birthday, National Geographic has launched a new Tumblr focused entirely on sharing long-lost photos buried deep within its archives. The brain-child of Nat Geo’s photo archive curator William Bonner, “Found” already features 13 photos that may never have seen the light of day had it not been for this website — with many more to come.

The idea came to Bonner because, after many years spent in National Geographic’s Washington DC basement digging through photos, he still frequently finds fascinating pictures from every place and time period.


Found is about sharing these hidden gems. About:

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.

To browse through the current selection and keep up with photos as they’re posted, head over to the Found Tumblr by clicking here.

(via The Verge)

  • Ren Bostelaar

    Lovely photos and a very worthwhile project, but some of these images have been widely available for decades. Just do a Google image search for “Maynard Owen Williams”, that “found” image of his is the first result.

  • Ideas_R_Bulletproof

    not debating whether these images were previously published or not, these sure are classics and almost forgotten… its fascinating to see the images (re-)released…