Immigrant's Home, Argentina


This photograph of an immigrant’s home in Argentina 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. Carpenter’s New Geographical Reader: South America (1899) emphasized that Argentina, and especially the capital of Buenos Aires, was an immigrant society: “The Italians are the mechanics of the city, and we shall find them also peddling onions, fish, and all kinds of goods from house to house. They are the newsboys and also the bootblacks. They own the grocery stores, and there are some rich Italian bankers and traders. There are many large banks managed by the English, and some of the biggest stores are owned by Germans. There are comparatively few people who have come from the United States, although we have some large importing houses and several banks.” The photographer was Moody, about whom little else is known.

Last updated: May 29, 2013