The arresting images that have thrived on the pages of National Geographic since 1888 are just a fraction of the photographs taken for the magazine. While most of these have been away from public view in their incredible archives, they’ve recently been emerging on National Geographic’s Found Tumblr blog.
— John Gardner (via unicornology)
In 1940, knowing that France was falling into the hands of the Germans, the workers of the Louvre took action. All 400,000 works were evacuated and sent to the south of France. In secret they transported the priceless paintings and statues, and held by wealthy families in Vichy,where they would remain for five years, only returning at the end of the war.The quick action of the workers without a doubt saved the masterpieces from becoming part of the over 5 million works that were looted by the Nazis during the war.