Hollywood movie poster at the Kabul Cinema.

Kabul, mid-1940s

This image appeared in National Geographic Magazine in 1946. Since 1909, National Geographic has published many articles about Afghanistan — more than any other country in the world except for China. The “Afghan girl,” pictured on the cover of the magazine in 1985 and often compared to da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, remains an iconic image for Americans and Afghans.

Courtesy of Maynard Owen Williams/National Geographic Stock.

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