Native Woman and Five Children in front of Huts near Bulawayo, Rhodesia, Africa


This photograph of a woman and children near Bulaway, Rhodesia (present-day Zimbabwe), 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. Carpenter's New Geographical Reader: Africa (1924) informed readers about the “continuous steel track from Cape Town to Bulawayo. This is thirteen hundred miles long, and the railway goes north of Bulawayo almost thirteen hundred miles farther, crossing Northern Rhodesia, and reaching Bukama on the Lualaba, or upper Congo River…. Bulawayo is now the principal station in Southern Rhodesia. The town is surrounded by rich farming country. There are gold mines not far away, and near by is a governmental farm containing more than one hundred thousand acres, which formerly belonged to Cecil J. Rhodes.”

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