The star of this 1919 photo—the ideal image to cap our coverage of the National Park Service’s centennial year—is Old Faithful. The geyser in Yellowstone National Park mesmerizes us today as it did these women nearly a century ago. While the pair appear to be viewing one of America’s best known landmarks at a precariously close range, they did remember to shield themselves from the sun—or perhaps a scalding mineral spray—with their elegant parasols.
Bill Bonner has brought a gift for unearthing just the right photo to In the Loupe and to countless other projects. During more than 33 years as the archivist of National Geographic’s vintage collection, Bonner—wearing his trademark white cotton gloves—lovingly tended a collection containing some eight million photographs.
This year he began his well-earned retirement. So after this issue we’re retiring In the Loupe as well.