Natives with Ivory Tusks, Dar Es Salaam, Tanganyika


This photograph of a scene in Dar es Salaam, Tanganyika (present-day Tanzania) 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. The photograph appeared in Carpenter's New Geographical Reader: Africa (1924) with the caption: “Natives bring ivory tusks to Zanzibar from the interior.” The text explained: “At the same time goods of many kinds were shipped to Zanzibar to be taken over to the mainland for trade with the natives. People from India, Arabia, and Europe settled here to engage in business, and therefrom grew up this city which is now the largest along the eastern coast of Africa and has one of the finest ports in Africa. It contains Hindu traders, Mohammedan Arabs, and many thousands of blacks who have come from the mainland of Africa to work and trade.”

Last updated: September 29, 2014