Photograph by Ardean R. Miller, National Geographic
Kodak's recent decision to discontinue the production of Kodachrome film is the end of an era in photography. National Geographic magazine photographers used the film in the 1950s and '60s. Their images of exotic destinations inspired readers and resulted in the eventual creation of National Geographic Traveler magazine.
Venice, Italy, 1957. Napoleon called St. Mark's Square the "finest drawing room in Europe." Tourists visit and feed the pigeons that have claimed the piazza as their own.
Photograph by Willard R. Culver, National Geographic
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, 1950. People stroll in the village of Lauterbrunnen, known for a waterfall that cascades off a 1,000-foot cliff.
Photograph by Volkmar Wentzel, National Geographic
Matrei, Austria, 1951. The band from Matrei, Austria, raises a toast to the 1,700th birthday of their city. Bandsmen and riflemen arrived from all over Western Austria to help with the celebration.
Photograph by Andrew H. Brown, National Geographic
Arve Valley, France, 1965. A man and his son ride a cable car in the Alps with Mer de Glace Glacier and Mont Blanc as a backdrop.
Photograph by Walter Meayers Edwards, National Geographic
Glacial ice scooped out this lake of Hjorund Fjord. The surrounding Sunnmore Alps rise between 4,000 and 6,000 feet.
Photograph by David Boyer, National Geographic
London England, 1953. Piccadilly Circus is London's busiest intersection, with light displays rivaling those of New York City. Throughout the day the area fills up with people enjoying theaters and restaurants.
Photograph by Kathleen Revis, National Geographic
Zermatt Switzerland, 1961. After instruction at the Zermatt Ski School, students head eagerly to the slopes to test their new skills.
Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart, National Geographic
Funchal, Portugal, 1959. Taxi drivers steer visitors down a hill in wooden sledges after pushing them up to the summit to admire the view. The men yell "Aftsta!" which means "out of the way." The trip back down is swift, as they bump along a cobbled road.
Photograph by Howell Walker, National Geographic
Etretat, France, 1959. Notre Dame de la Garde Chapel, located atop the chalk cliffs, provides a scenic backdrop for people lounging on the rocky beach in Etretat.
Photograph by Thomas Nebbia, National Geographic
Snowdonia, Wales, 1965. Tourists stroll in Snowdonia, the largest national park in Wales. Legend has it that King Arthur killed an ogre here while the Knights of the Round Table slept in a nearby cave.
Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic
Bruges, Belgium, 1948. Bruges was named for the bridges that connect the city's peaceful canals. A sign advertises canal boat excursions for visitors.
Photograph by Franc & Jean Shor, National Geographic
Athens, Greece, 1956. Americans enjoy a hilltop picnic with a view of the Parthenon.
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