Young Jewish Girls. Tunis


This photograph of two Jewish girls on a beach in Tunis, Tunisia 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 photograph is by Neurdein Frères, a firm founded in Paris in 1863 by two sons of the photographer Charlet (Jean César Adolphe Neurdein 1806–1867), Etienne (1832–1918) and Antonin (1846–1918). The brothers operated a studio in Paris, and in the 1870s the firm began the production and sale of tourist views. Photographers were sent to North Africa and locations throughout Europe, and their photographs were sold to clients in France and later published in magazines, albums, and in the form of postcards.

Last updated: September 20, 2016