Children read a Sylvan Drew Circus billboard, 1931. Photograph…



Children read a Sylvan Drew Circus billboard, 1931. Photograph by Jacob J. Gayer, National Geographic Creative

Two dancers in costume stand between the columns of…



Two dancers in costume stand between the columns of Poseidon’s Temple, Greece, 1930. Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic Creative

The first successful aerial color photograph—which depicted the…



The first successful aerial color photograph—which depicted the Statue of Liberty—used the Finlay process, 1931. Photograph by Melville B. Grosvenor, National Geographic Creative

A child sits among the produce from a Florida citrus grove,…



A child sits among the produce from a Florida citrus grove, 1930. Photograph by Clifton R. Adams, National Geographic Creative

Locals relax by the tulip fields along the canal in Haarlem, The…



Locals relax by the tulip fields along the canal in Haarlem, The Netherlands, 1931.Photograph by Wilhelm Tobien, National Geographic Creative

A woman gazes at lions in the Museum of Natural History in…



A woman gazes at lions in the Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. in 1931. These lions were brought to the U.S. from Africa by Theodore Roosevelt.Photograph by Charles Martin, National Geographic Creative

A Tibetan spiritual figure holds a Mongolian blade after…



A Tibetan spiritual figure holds a Mongolian blade after twisting it with his seemingly superhuman strength, 1935.Photograph by Charles Martin, National Geographic Creative

Portrait of a daughter of Danaus acting in “The Suppliant…



Portrait of a daughter of Danaus acting in “The Suppliant Maidens” on Mount Parnassus in Greece, December 1930.Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic Creative

A kitten aboard a floating Victoria water lily pad in the…



A kitten aboard a floating Victoria water lily pad in the Philippines, 1935.Photograph by Alfred T. Palmer, National Geographic Creative

Children play in pool they have dug out of the sand on the beach…



Children play in pool they have dug out of the sand on the beach in Le Havre, France, 1936.Photograph by W. Robert Moore, National Geographic Creative