Embroidery Class at Paco School, Manila, Philippine Islands


This photograph of a scene in the Philippines 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: Australia, the Philippines, and Other Islands of the Sea (1927) Carpenter wrote: “In the afternoon, we visit rooms where embroidery and hat making are taught. The teaching of embroidery begins as soon as a girl enters school; in fact, some of the beautiful pieces we have seen in the United States are the work of such pupils.”

Last updated: April 16, 2015