People Working in Vineyard, Hungary


This photograph of an agricultural scene in 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 wrote: “Now we are passing through a region where there is nothing but wheat, wheat, wheat. The grain is spread out like a golden ocean which rises and falls in billows as the wind sweeps across it. Now we go by great farms in which fields of corn, rye, oats, and barley are mixed with the wheat. There are no fences separating the crops, and no barns or farmhouses standing alone on the landscape. The people live in villages and walk out on their farms.”

Last updated: September 29, 2014