In 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed a bill that designated Yellowstone as the first National Park in the United States. However, it wasn’t until much later that the National Parks Service as we know it came into existence. Without the help of National Geographic, the National Parks Service, as we know it, may have never existed.
At the time, photos in magazines were considered taboo. People preferred illustrations, or simply text, but Graham Bell believed that photos that highlighted the beauty of the natural would get readers to focus even more on the text. Advertisers were skeptical. But by 1910, the publics appetite for photojournalism had ensconced the publishing industry, and National Geographic was leading the charge.