Uncut Diamonds Gathered by Five Different Mines in Two Days, Kimberley, South Africa


This photograph 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. F.H. Hancox, a South African photographer who was active in Kimberley around 1900, took this photograph. The city of Kimberley was established after diamonds were discovered on local farms in 1869-71. In the last quarter of the 19th century it became the diamond-mining center of South Africa and a focal point in the struggle between the British and the Boers for control of the country.

Last updated: January 8, 2018