Baker Standing in Front of the "American Bakery," Ortaköy, Istanbul, Turkey


This photograph of an unusual bakery in Istanbul, Turkey, 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 was taken by an official of the Near East Relief Mission in June 1922. A caption on the back records that the bakery was a neighbor of the Ortakeuy Jewish Orphan School, which housed 210 boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 14. The signs in the window above the samples of bread read, in Armenian, “American Oven, American Salon,” in Ladino, “American Oven,” in Greek, “Greek-American Bakery,” and in Russian, “American Bakery.”

Last updated: June 8, 2015