Atlantic puffins in Maine, July 1943.Photograph by Cleveland P. Grant, National Geographic

Atlantic puffins in Maine, July 1943.Photograph by Cleveland P. Grant, National Geographic

A pipe emits poisonous gases in a flame produced by oil production, April 1948.Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic

A pipe emits poisonous gases in a flame produced by oil production, April 1948.
Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic

A wealthy group of young people relax by a pool in California, 1940.Photograph by J. Baylor Roberts, National Geographic

A wealthy group of young people relax by a pool in California, 1940.
Photograph by J. Baylor Roberts, National Geographic

Traffic lights are made in Shreveport, Louisiana, and sent around the U.S. and abroad, December 1947.Photograph by J. Baylor Roberts, National Geographic

Traffic lights are made in Shreveport, Louisiana, and sent around the U.S. and abroad, December 1947.
Photograph by J. Baylor Roberts, National Geographic

Londoners seek shelter during WWII in the Aldwych tube station, April 1941.Photograph by Acme News Pictures, Inc.

Londoners seek shelter during WWII in the Aldwych tube station, April 1941.Photograph by Acme News Pictures, Inc.

Westinghouse demonstrates an electric razor using x-ray technology, May 1941.Photograph by Westinghouse Electric Corp.

Westinghouse demonstrates an electric razor using x-ray technology, May 1941.Photograph by Westinghouse Electric Corp.

People watching a solar eclipse squint through smoked glass or film on Rebun Island in Japan, March 1949.Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic

People watching a solar eclipse squint through smoked glass or film on Rebun Island in Japan, March 1949.
Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic

Women train to be lifeguards and swimming instructors in North Carolina, August 1941.Photograph by J. Baylor Roberts, National Geographic

Women train to be lifeguards and swimming instructors in North Carolina, August 1941.Photograph by J. Baylor Roberts, National Geographic

People swim in a pool at the Scituate Yacht Club in Massachusetts overlooking harbor, August 1947.Photograph by Robert Sisson, National Geographic

People swim in a pool at the Scituate Yacht Club in Massachusetts overlooking harbor, August 1947.Photograph by Robert Sisson, National Geographic

People punt on and relax beside the Cam River in Cambridge, England, April 1946.Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart, National Geographic

People punt on and relax beside the Cam River in Cambridge, England, April 1946.
Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart, National Geographic

People paddle a canoe toward a girl clinging to a giant cypress tree in Hill Lake, Arkansas, September 1946.Photograph by Willard Culver, National Geographic

People paddle a canoe toward a girl clinging to a giant cypress tree in Hill Lake, Arkansas, September 1946.Photograph by Willard Culver, National Geographic

Bolivian women check out the latest merchandise at a department store, August 1943.Photograph by Fenno Jacobs, National Geographic

Bolivian women check out the latest merchandise at a department store, August 1943.Photograph by Fenno Jacobs, National Geographic

Shepherd College buit this house to attract youngsters to summer courses. Bedroom, stairs, kitchen—everything is miniature. Shepherdstown, West Virginia, August 1948.Photograph by Walter Meayers Edwards, National Geographic

Shepherd College buit this house to attract youngsters to summer courses. Bedroom, stairs, kitchen—everything is miniature. Shepherdstown, West Virginia, August 1948.Photograph by Walter Meayers Edwards, National Geographic

A male lion roars to protect his mate in Kruger National Park, South Africa, February 1943.
Explore our brand new interactive experience featuring photographer Nick Nichols’ spectacular Serengeti lions.Photograph by Dick Wolff, National Geographic

A male lion roars to protect his mate in Kruger National Park, South Africa, February 1943.

Explore our brand new interactive experience featuring photographer Nick Nichols’ spectacular Serengeti lions.
Photograph by Dick Wolff, National Geographic

Derricks extract petroleum from wells drilled out under the sea on Huntington Beach in California, January 1945.Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart, National Geographic

Derricks extract petroleum from wells drilled out under the sea on Huntington Beach in California, January 1945.Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart, National Geographic