The National Geographic Museum recently opened a new exhibit, “Kodachrome Culture: The American Tourist in Europe.” The exhibit features stock photographs from the National Geographic collection captured in the 1950s postwar years. American families had “money for travel and a curiosity about the world.” The scenes capture the essence of European life, beautiful landscapes, and cultural traditions. This was all thanks to Kodachrome film, which provided new and vivid color for photographers.
Roaming the halls of the Museum takes one back to simpler days: Old men celebrating a German Beerfest, two French children with bread strapped to their bicycles to take home, straw umbrellas on a Portugese shoreline. Escape, if you can, to enjoy this glimpse into the past.
The National Geographic Museum is located at 1145 17th Street NW.
For more information, please visit http://events.nationalgeographic.com/events/exhibits/2009/06/25/kodachrome-culture/