This photograph of two small Albanian boys in picturesque costumes, wearing shoes with pointed, up-turned toes, is from the Frank and Frances Carpenter Collection at the Library of Congress. Frank G. Carpenter (1855-1924) was an American writer of books on travel and world geography whose works helped to popularize cultural anthropology and geography in the United States in the early years of the 20th century. Consisting of photographs taken and gathered by Carpenter and his daughter Frances (1890-1972) to illustrate his writings, the collection includes an estimated 16,800 photographs and 7,000 glass and film negatives. Supplied by the American Red Cross, this photograph was taken on the morning of an earthquake in the town of Tepelenë.
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Last updated: September 29, 2014