Woman Mending Fishing Net, Lithuania


This photograph of a scene in Lithuania 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 his Carpenter’s New Geographical Reader: Europe (1924) Carpenter wrote: “We find the Lithuanians different from the Russians. Like the Letts, who inhabit the republic of Latvia, to the north of them, they belong neither to the Teutonic nor the Slavic branch of the white race, but form a group which in its language is distinct from all other Europeans.”

Last updated: June 4, 2013