China, Kiangsu Province, Shanghai, Industrial Plants on Soochow Creek, with Boats at a Cotton Mill in the Foreground


This photograph of a scene showing Suzhou Creek in Jiangsu Province, near Shanghai, 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. China (1925), part of his Carpenter's World Travels series, informed readers: “Along the Soochow Creek, a water highway lined with flour, cotton, silk, and oil mills, land has doubled in value within a short time, and is still going up. It is the same along the river front all the way to Woosung, the people banking on the belief that the population of Shanghai will eventually increase to several millions.”

Last updated: September 29, 2014