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The Best National Geographic Covers

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List of the most memorable National Geographic Magazine covers, featuring the coolest photographs, sexiest celebrity shots, and most innovative designs ever to hit newsstands. These best National Geographic covers span the entire history of the publication, and provide a good overview of the stories and issues National Geographic has covered over the years. Iconic magazine covers capture images of historic and cultural landmarks that persist in the collective consciousness.

National Geographic is the monthly journal of the National Geographic Society, currently printed in 34 languages around the world. First printed in 1888, the magazine features articles about physical and human geography around the world. National Geographic is famous for its eye-opening photography stories about cultures and crises that are ignored or skewed by other publications.

This list includes rare National Geographic covers and hard-to-find classic National Geographic covers as well as the most popular and famous National Geographic magazine covers. The stars, politicians, athletes, and other famous and influential figures on magazine covers document major world events and news stories that have held public attention over the years. Ever evolving fashion, technology, and societal trends influence the art and design of magazine covers, but National Geographic also has a signature font, layout, and style that has come to represent the magazine as an institution. You won't a more comprehensive collection of National Geographic magazine covers. Vote for the vintage National Geographic magazine covers with the most attractive design, most memorable or important news stories, or that you best remember and recognize. Missing your favorite? Add it to the list!
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    National Geographic - June 1985
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    National Geographic - March 1990

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    National Geographic - April 2002

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    National Geographic - June 2009

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