National Geographic : 2002 Dec
FROM OUR ARCHIVES Flashback SURVIVING THE SAHARA ADesert Comes to Life With dolls playing the role of Africans on their tabletop oasis, geography students at a Floral Park, New York, elementary school consult NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC in 1934. They might have found models for their date palms in "Crossing the Untraversed Libyan Desert" (September 1924). Floral Park was once a kind of oasis itself-one for the eyes-for passengers on the Long Island Rail Road. Fields of flowers at the John Lewis Childs seed company would blaze past the win dows as the trains roared by. Childs sold off his land by the early 1920s, and neighborhoods soon bloomed where flowers once did. This photo has never before been published in NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. You can find this image as well as access the Flashback photo archives at national geographic.com/ngm/ flashback/0212. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (ISSN0027 9358) IS PUBLISHED MONTHLY BYTHENATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY 114517THSTNW,WASHINGTON, DC20036 4688 $3400 A YEARFORU.S.DELIVERY, $6.00 PERSINGLE COPY(INCLUDES POSTAGE ANDHANDLING) PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAIDATWASHINGTON, DC,ANDATADDITIONAL MAILING OFFICES. POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESSCHANGES TONATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. POBOX63002, TAMPA, FL33663 3002.