Photos from 1920's National Geographic Society

As with many folks I'm sure, my love of photography began while flipping through old issues of National Geographic in my parent's closet and those stacked on the shelves at my grandmother's house. Admiring the photos and pulling the graphic posters and illustrations they used to always include for my walls, rarely did I stop to actually read the articles. Only skimming the captions for more details on the images I saw. Outside stories stories from my parents, grandmother and great grandmother's travels, perusing these magazines was my number one inspiration for exploring the world once I was of age to do so by myself. It struck a chord of wanderlust deep within that I've never been able to shake. 

Never do I tire when I see photos (even new) from the society. And when I come across old photos that I've never seen, it's truly a treat. Today I stumbled across the tumblr blog Found, a collection of photographs curated by photography editor Janna Dotschkal. Below are a few of my favorite photos, all from the 1920s. 

Initially I thought this was White Sands National Monument, however, it was actually taken near Crescent City, California, June 1929. PHOTOGRAPH BY CHARLES MARTIN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Initially I thought this was White Sands National Monument, however, it was actually taken near Crescent City, California, June 1929.
PHOTOGRAPH BY CHARLES MARTIN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Oh to be in 1920s Europe! An aproned woman in front of her flower stand in Barcelona, Spain, March 1929. PHOTOGRAPH BY JULES GERVAIS COURTELLEMONT, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Oh to be in 1920s Europe! An aproned woman in front of her flower stand in Barcelona, Spain, March 1929.
PHOTOGRAPH BY JULES GERVAIS COURTELLEMONT, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

A vintage landscape reminiscent of the Sound of Music. Don't let the snow-capped mountains fool you, this was taken in the United States! California, 1929. PHOTOGRAPH BY CHARLES MARTIN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

A vintage landscape reminiscent of the Sound of Music. Don't let the snow-capped mountains fool you, this was taken in the United States! California, 1929.
PHOTOGRAPH BY CHARLES MARTIN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

Teenage girls in bathing suits and caps on a dock in Germany, March 1928. PHOTOGRAPH BY WILHELM TOBIEN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Teenage girls in bathing suits and caps on a dock in Germany, March 1928.
PHOTOGRAPH BY WILHELM TOBIEN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

As a UT alum, I love this image. Archery class at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, March 1928. PHOTOGRAPH BY CLIFTON R. ADAMS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

As a UT alum, I love this image. Archery class at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, March 1928.
PHOTOGRAPH BY CLIFTON R. ADAMS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Dreamy! A couple paddle on a lily pond in the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington D.C., 1923. PHOTOGRAPH BY CHARLES MARTIN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Dreamy! A couple paddle on a lily pond in the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington D.C., 1923.
PHOTOGRAPH BY CHARLES MARTIN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

The ageless pastime of garden strolls. A young woman admires flowers in a Baden garden in Germany, June 1928. PHOTOGRAPH BY WILHELM TOBIEN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

The ageless pastime of garden strolls. A young woman admires flowers in a Baden garden in Germany, June 1928.
PHOTOGRAPH BY WILHELM TOBIEN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

These European landscapes are killing me! A view of the city as seen from the fountain of Santa Maria in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 1929. PHOTOGRAPH BY JULES GERVAIS COURTELLEMONT, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

These European landscapes are killing me! A view of the city as seen from the fountain of Santa Maria in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 1929.
PHOTOGRAPH BY JULES GERVAIS COURTELLEMONT, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

People relax beside a swimming pool at a country estate near Phoenix, Arizona, 1928. PHOTOGRAPH BY CLIFTON R. ADAMS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

People relax beside a swimming pool at a country estate near Phoenix, Arizona, 1928.
PHOTOGRAPH BY CLIFTON R. ADAMS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

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

This beaded dress is everything I conjure up in my mind when I dream of 1920's flappers. A photograph of a Spanish dancer posing in her costume. PHOTOGRAPH BY WILHELM TOBIEN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

This beaded dress is everything I conjure up in my mind when I dream of 1920's flappers. A photograph of a Spanish dancer posing in her costume.
PHOTOGRAPH BY WILHELM TOBIEN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

The Edgar Allen Poe Shrine in Richmond, Virginia, 1929. PHOTOGRAPH BY CHARLES MARTIN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

The Edgar Allen Poe Shrine in Richmond, Virginia, 1929.
PHOTOGRAPH BY CHARLES MARTIN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

Locals enjoy the view of the Surrey Hills in England, 1928. PHOTOGRAPH BY CLIFTON R. ADAMS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Locals enjoy the view of the Surrey Hills in England, 1928.
PHOTOGRAPH BY CLIFTON R. ADAMS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Visitors play shuffleboard at a recreation center near Mirror Lake in St. Petersburg, Florida, 1929. PHOTOGRAPH BY CLIFTON R. ADAMS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

Visitors play shuffleboard at a recreation center near Mirror Lake in St. Petersburg, Florida, 1929.
PHOTOGRAPH BY CLIFTON R. ADAMS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

The daughter of a conquistadore poses in her elaborate poncho in La Paz, Bolivia, February 1927. PHOTOGRAPH BY W. ROBERT MOORE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

The daughter of a conquistadore poses in her elaborate poncho in La Paz, Bolivia, February 1927.
PHOTOGRAPH BY W. ROBERT MOORE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Two young girls enjoy the sun relaxing in their suits and wraps in England, September 1929. PHOTOGRAPH BY BERNARD WAKEMAN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Two young girls enjoy the sun relaxing in their suits and wraps in England, September 1929.
PHOTOGRAPH BY BERNARD WAKEMAN, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC