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One of my favorite tumblr’s has to be ‘Found’ a collection of images for the magazine National Geographic that seem to span the twentieth century.

From Korean school girls playing accordions to men handling venomous snakes it opens up a world that for many was not just unseen but unattainable.

For people who probably will only ever vacation in their own country the site of a roaring lion in the African jungle the 1943 would be unbelievably exotic

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Of course it’s not just the places. In our Instagram age it’s easy to forget how people had access to a really good camera let alone truly knew how to use it. In this world a good photograph had a kind of magic to it, particularly if it was in color.

And the color photographs in National Geographic in the fifties, sixties and seventies were second to none. They have a vivid richness but also with the passage of time a strange unnaturalness to them that makes seem almost painterly.

Check out  http://natgeofound.tumblr.com to go back to an age when photographing a woman underwater was something incredible.

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