Peasants in Village, 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 Carpenter’s New Geographical Reader: Europe (1924), Carpenter wrote of the three Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania: “The surface of the three republics is much the same. They are rich lowlands sloping down to the Baltic, cut up by rivers, with here and there a great swamp or marsh. Parts of them are fairly well wooded, and each republic has a large area of cultivated land with many meadows and fine pastures. The chief crops are flax, rye, wheat, barley, and oats.”

Last updated: May 29, 2013