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Bill Belknap first became involved with the National Geographic Society during World War II, while he was stationed at the Navy Photographic Department in Washington, D.C. Staffers from the National Geographic came by the Department regularly to pick up photographs from the Navy News Service, which Bill was helping to operate. He got to know some of them quite well, and after the war, when Bill and his family returned to Boulder, Nevada, the magazine contacted him to do some fill-in photographic work. This developed into full assignments, which he did on a regular basis for the next 20 years. This work represents the majority of his free-lance photojournalism, though he photo documented topics for other magazines and for his own business, Belknap Photographic Services. In the 1960's the National Geographic School Bulletin published an article by Loie Belknap entitled, "My Cross-Eyed Worms Multiply by Dividing," illustrated with her father's photographs. The piece documented her high school scientific research on planaria.



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