25 Unpublished Photos From National Geographic’s Archives

Gramophone Dog 1911

During an expedition of the South Pole, a dog enjoys the gramophone, 1911

To honor its 125th year of publication, the iconic yet ever-evolving National Geographic magazine has released many never-before-seen photographs from its archives via an incredibly user-friendly and modern Tumblr account. The professionally curated collection of these photos goes by the name of FOUND, and gives us a clear vision (often startlingly so) of lost decades and cultures that may seem unreal against a present-day backdrop.

Below is a highlighted collection of 25 time-capsule images that were once lost, but now are FOUND.

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The World’s First Kodak Moments

The Kodak Company, founded by Robert Eastman in 1888, is widely credited for bringing photography to the masses. Eastman pioneered the use of photographic film and ‘film rolls’ that would quickly take the place of collodion and gelatin dry plates. With the advent of photographic film, and the release of his $25 camera (valued at $600 today) simply known as the Kodak No. 1, Robert Eastman brought a new world of expression and artful documentation to the common hobbyist.

One of the Kodak camera’s major advances was that even at the $25 price tag, it came preloaded with 100 exposures. At the end of the 100-shot roll, the customer would then return the camera to Kodak to have their photos developed and receive another roll of film. In a photographical world defined by the immediacy of Instagram and Snapchat, this lengthy process of receiving and sharing moments is nearly unfathomable.

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First Kodak Moments Elephant

Baby elephant and its keeper.

First Kodak Moments Beach Fun

Children having some fun at the beach.

First Kodak Moments Wading

Children wading in the sea.

First Kodak Moments Wheelbarrow

Young girls with a wheelbarrow.

First Kodak Moments Boat

Children playing in and near a boat.

First Kodak Moments Man Reading

Man reading outdoors.

First Kodak Moments Picking Rocks

Girl playing in a shallow rock pool.

First Kodak Moments Row Boat

Two women in a row boat.

First Kodak Moments Sad Girls

Two very sad looking little girls.

First Kodak Moments Sailor Life

Sailors on the deck of a ship.

First Kodak Moments Woman Reading

Woman Reading in a chair.

First Kodak Moments Women At Market

Women at the market.

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Eastman would later release an even more affordable camera to the marketplace. At a mere price of $1, the new cardboard-box based Kodak Brownie camera transformed Eastman’s small into a full blown international sensation. With its low price and incredible ease of use, it was the Brownie that us photo image-obsessed ilk can thank for first introducing us to the traditional ‘snapshot.’

Over personal photography’s 125 year history, the devices and methods we use to take pictures have naturally evolved along with our technological advancements and tastes. Thanks to the National Media Museum’s Flickr Commons collection, we can now glimpse into the origins of our courtship with “instant” photography, as well as one of the world’s first populist art forms. All photos included were taken between 1888 and 1890.

All images come courtesy of The Huffington Post.

Operation Downfall, The Allies’ Abandoned Plan To Invade Japan

Allies Plan To Invade Japan Downfall

What would have been the largest amphibious operation in human history had it taken place, Operation Downfall served as the Allied Forces’ plan to invade Japan at its southernmost main island and expand northward from there. However, the operation failed to materialize after the Soviet invasion of Manchuria and the Nagasaki bombings led to the Japanese’ surrender.

Shirley Temple: America’s Golden Child Remembered

While the world is still reeling from the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, yet another beloved actor recently passed away. Shirley Temple—known as Shirley Temple Black after her marriage in 1950—is best known as the joyous, dimple-bearing kiddo who starred in numerous movies, including The Little Princess, Heidi and Curly Top. Temple died late Monday in her home in Woodside, California at the age of 85.

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