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In photos: Archive tourist snaps from Egypt

Frank Carpenter visited Egypt between 1890 and 1923. These were his mesmerising holiday snaps.

AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHER Frank G Carpenter made his name in teaching and writing about geography. He produced a series of early guidebooks/travel logs called Carpenter’s World Travels which documented journeys across Africa, South America, Europe and the Middle East.

Upon his daughter Frances’s death in the early ’70s, 29 albums containing about 5,600 photographic prints by Carpenter were donated to the Library of Congress and are held in the Carpenter Collection. The collection includes these atmospheric images captured by Carpenter during a trip to Egypt a century ago:

In photos: Archive tourist snaps from Egypt
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  • Climbing

    A tourist being helped by local men while climbing a pyramid. (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division)
  • Sphinx

    "The head of the sphinx woudl fill a large school room." (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division)
  • Working on the Nile

    Women carrying mud from the Nile in containers on their heads to enrich the soil. (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division)
  • By the lake

    Village and palm trees by a lake with a pyramid in the distance. (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division)
  • On the plains

  • Pyramids

    A print of a village during floods in the 1890s. (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division)
  • Native huts

    Huts made of mud with thatched roofs at Lado, Anglo-Egyptian Sudan. (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division)
  • Abdin Palace

    Standing guard at the Abdin Palace of the Khedive of Egypt in Cairo. (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division)

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