Bulgarian Peasant Women in Market Place, with Piles of Black and White Wool


This photograph depicting a traditional peasant scene in Bulgaria 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. In Carpenter’s New Geographical Reader: Europe (1924) Carpenter wrote: “We visit several villages on our way down the Danube. The houses are small and the people spend much of their time out doors. Women sew and knit in the streets, and spin and wind their wool there. We even see them kneading bread on the streets.”

Last updated: September 29, 2014