National Geographic : 1963 Jan
Meeting in Washington, D. C. - the 33 eminent men RESPONDING to an invitation to organize "a society for the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge," the men gath ered at the Cosmos Club January 13, 1888. From this small beginning, the Society has extended its membership around the world. Artist Stanley Meltzoff based his depiction of the meeting on individual photographs. Key below identifies: 1 Charles J. Bell, banker; 2 Israel C. Russell, geologist; 3 Commodore George W. Melville, U.S.N.; 4 Frank Baker, anatomist; 5 W. B. Powell, educator; 6 Brig.