Boy Driving Horse-Drawn Wagon Loaded with Baskets, Hungary


This photograph of a scene near Budapest, Hungary, 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 noted that Budapest “lies on both banks of the Danube, and six bridges have been built across it to connect the two sections.… We ask why a city has grown up at this point, and are told that Budapest lies at the northern end of the plain, and that its situation on the Danube makes it the best shipping place for this agricultural region. We see large flour mills on the banks of the river and hundreds of vessels and barges beside them, loading and unloading flour and grain. Budapest grinds the wheat of the plain, and the wheat is so good that bakers will pay highest price for its flour.”

Last updated: February 12, 2016