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This photograph of a rural scene in Albania 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. This photograph shows a man with a cart drawn by two oxen and contains the facetious caption typed on its front. Albania was a primarily agricultural country that was under the control of the Ottoman Empire until 1912, when the first independent Albanian state since the early 15th century was declared.

Last updated: September 29, 2014