Hauling Wheat on Two Wagons Drawn by Pairs of Oxen, Rhodesia


This photograph of a scene in 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. In Carpenter's New Geographical Reader: Africa (1924), Carpenter recounted his travels through Rhodesia: “We passed through dense forests, and finally came out upon a high rolling prairie covered with grass. This is the nature of a large part of Rhodesia, and its highlands will furnish excellent farms. We saw pioneer settlements on our way here, and also many mud villages with round huts, the home of the natives.”

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