20 Rarely Seen Photos From National Geographic That Everyone Needs To See

Image: Robert Sisson via National Geographic Found/Tumblr / Paul L. Pryor via National Geographic Found/Tumblr

Founded in 1888 and published without a break since, National Geographic magazine has built up an enormous and extraordinary archive of photographs over the years. Indeed, some of these photos have become iconic and instantly recognizable images – and yet others weren’t published at the time and haven’t been seen since. Now, however, National Geographic has published a selection of them – and they make for truly compelling viewing.

Image: James P. Blair via National Geographic Found/Tumblr

20. Like toy soldiers…

Photographer James P. Blair, himself born in 1931, took this picture in London, England, in 1966. The Irish Guardsmen in the photo are in fact on parade to mark the Queen’s official birthday. Later, Blair told National Geographic, “I was told afterwards that you’re literally trained to fall at attention. If you’re standing at attention, you fall at attention, and it was just like a toy soldier falling over.”

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