National Geographic Shares Iconic Archival Images

The National Geographic Society, one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888.

It has documented people, places, animals and more in its 127-year history and NatGeo has set up a Tumblr page dedicated to sharing astonishing images from the archives.

From 1960s Bondi surfers to 1930s tulip fields in the Netherlands and more, the collection chronicles key moments in photographic and cultural history and gives a unique insight into far less documented times.


A Native American sends smoke signals in Montana, June 1909.


Young lovers embrace beside the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, 1960.


Pedestrians walk on bustling Dotombori Street in Osaka, Japan, March 1970.


Sundown silhouettes a sugar harvester descending a toddy palm tree in Cambodia, October 1964.


Visitors play shuffleboard at a recreation center near Mirror Lake in St. Petersburg, Florida, 1929.


The first explorers to descend to the deepest part of the ocean were Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard in the bathyscaphe Trieste, January 23, 1960.

The title image features a 1924 snap of coconut palms along the Mayagüez lagoons in Puerto Rico.