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Celebrating 125 years of epic photography

By: Catie Leary on Sept. 28, 2013, 9:45 a.m.
A cowgirl drops a nickel in a parking meter to hitch her pony

Photo: Luis Marden/National Geographic

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Texas, 1939

This Kodachrome photo — taken by legendary National Geographic editor, photographer and writer Luis Marden — shows a cowgirl dropping a nickel in an El Paso parking meter to hitch her pony. When this photo was taken, El Paso was still a very horse-conscious town with many cattle-ranch residents.

National Geographic pioneered the use of 35-mm Kodachrome film in 1937. It wasn't until many years later that the rest of the publishing industry followed suit.