Large Group of People Gathered Around Some Men with Musical Instruments, Mombasa, Kenya


This photograph, taken in Kenya some time in the early 20th century, 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. This group portrait is attributed to Coutinho and Sons, Mombasa, Kenya. The Coutinho brothers, known only as J.B. and Felix, established a commercial photography firm in Zanzibar (present-day Tanzania) sometime in the 1870s. Around 1905, Felix moved to Mombasa where he opened a firm, Countinho and Sons, which produced postcards and photographs for tourists.

Last updated: January 8, 2018