National Geographic : 2008 Aug
FLASHBACK Banner Night Slogans honoring writer Maksim Gorky draped balconies at Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre in 1928. The photo appeared in the May 1930 Geographic article "Some Impressions of 150,000 Miles of Travel," by William Howard Taft. The former President-a long time National Geographic Society board member-mentions seeing a "beautiful children's ballet" during a visit to the Bolshoi years before the Russian Revolution. But unrest was already in the air. During the same trip, he says of a military companion, "We never entered an anteroom where...the General, in humorous reference to the possibility of being blown up, did not suggest an examination of the ceiling to see whether it was of such material as to make our passage through it a comfortable one." -Margaret G.Zackowitz t Flashback Archive Find all the photos at ngm.com. PHOTO:PRESS-CLICHERUSSIANNEWSPHOTOAGENCY/NGIMAGECOLLECTION NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN0027-9358) ISPUBLISHEDMONTHLYBY THENATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY,1145 17THST.NW,WASHINGTON,DC 20036-4688.$34.00 A YEAR FORU.S. DELIVERY,$6.00 PERSINGLECOPY(INCLUDESPOSTAGEAND HANDLING).IN CANADA,AGREEMENTNUMBER40063649, RETURNUNDELIVERABLECANADIANADDRESSESTONATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC,PO BOX 4412 STN. A,TORONTO,ONTARIOM5W 3W2.UNITEDKINGDOMNEWSSTANDCOVERPRICE£3.99.PERIODICALSPOSTAGEPAIDAT WASHINGTON,DC, AND AT ADDITIONALMAILINGOFFICES.POSTMASTER:SENDADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,PO BOX63002, TAMPA,FL 33663-3002.MEMBERS:IF THEPOSTALSERVICEALERTS US THATYOUR MAGAZINEISUNDELIVERABLE,WE HAVE NO FURTHEROBLIGATIONUNLESSWE RECEIVEA CORRECTEDADDRESSWITHINTWOYEARS.