Slice of Life
These 30 timeless Nat Geo pictures take you to a bygone era
Pique your curiosity with these vintage photos from our historic collection.
It’s tough to wrap your mind around the sheer scale of the histories, cultures, and adventures documented in National Geographic’s archives. Am I really looking at history’s first underwater photograph? The first nighttime photograph of wildlife? The first expedition to reach the Earth’s stratosphere? My personal favorite find was a rare image of the youngest panda ever photographed in the wild.
Our historic collection of photographs can take you on a journey to another era—or another corner of the planet. While curating pictures for National Geographic's Photo of the Day, I want to ignite and inspire the explorer in each one of us.
As I edited, I realized I wanted to evoke a sense of home. There was Michael “Nick” Nichols’s