This morning I was looking for a mindless distraction in between copywriting projects and took a dive into this Tumblr pool of photos someone has curated from dusty old issues of National Geographic.

Some of them offer a humorous take on the world, others look like they could today. Mostly I just enjoyed them for some total and utter time-travel escapism. Maybe you will too! Here are a few of my faves…

vintage national geographic
Tree-ripe dates give Tuscon, Arizona an oriental flavour, September 1953
Giant sponge off Roatan Island in the Carribean, March 1977
La Jolla’s Cliffs in San Diego, January 1942
Just a cowboy boot-shaped pool in Texas, April 1980
Marshall Islands (between Hawaii and the Philippines), September 1945
Diver with a baby porpoise at Marineland in Florida, July 1947
Aurora borealis in Troy, New York, October 1990
Cabin on Porcupine Creek in Alaska, February 1994 
Snowflake, an albino gorilla, March 1967 
Hula dancer in Tahiti, January 1949
Cluster of observatories atop Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano, June 1983
Heads of State stand neck and neck with other famous and infamous figures from Madame Tussaud’s wax exhibition in London, October 1979
Abandoned house keeps company with dairy cattle in Penobscot County in Maine, June 1977
Viennese and their guests gather in the Great Gallery at the showroom of Schönbrunn, June 1968
Ioanninan shoemaker making slippers in Athens, March 1940
Flooded and abandoned Russian Orthodox chapel in Russia, June 1994
Members of the San Diego Ballet rehearse The Waltz of the Flowers from the Nutcracker, July 1969
New Guinean warriors pound drums, July 1969
Maori grandmother and granddaughter near Reporua in New Zealand, October 1994
Wild horses are rounded up at Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Oregon, April 1979
Greenland tots, December 1973
Meadow in the Crest of Tirsuli, Himalayas, August 1952

Lose hours of your time to the Vintage National Geographic Tumblr feed here.

Pssst! Three more amazing Tumblrs: My Parents Were Awesome and Awesome People Reading.


  1. I thought I'd replied to this! I think your comment is the nicest I've ever received. You make me compelled to keep on blogging! xxx

  2. Never enough time for my "National Geographic" collection. Some I've gifted to the library, other's I've clipped out some fabulous pieces and sold/selling in one of my Etsy shops…the other ones, I love and keep then home with me. Quite a plethora of knowledge. And like you have noted here…I too agree>>>>>the photos have captured our world with such intrigue.!!
    ~Cooks Falls Lodge~

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