How American Immigrants Looked Like On Ellis Island

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How American Immigrants Looked Like On Ellis Island
How American Immigrants Looked Like On Ellis Island

America was considered (and still is) the land of all opportunities at the end of the 1800’s and the beginning of the 1900’s and the diverse cultures that blended in on the shores of New York, make it possible for us today, to see how American immigrants looked like on Ellis Island, over 100 years ago.

Ellis Island was the place where all European emigrants were received in America. They were placed on Ellis Island for identification, aptitude and medical tests, for the authorities to see where would they be best-fitted to work in the US.

Millions of people moved to America, dreaming of a better life, for them and for their families, coming from all over the world. First migrations to the US were comprised of Irish and Western European people, followed by Eastern Europe, Africa and China.

These amazing black and white photographs showing how American immigrants looked like on Ellis Island were captured by amateur photographer Augustus Sherman, who was the chief registry clerk on the island from 1892 until 1925.

Most of the people captured in his photos are dressed in their national traditional costumes, this being very common for travelers and immigrants at the time. The photos were published in National Geographic in 1907 and were exposed at the federal Immigration Service in Manhattan, according to the Public Domain Review.

The pictures are now available for viewing  at the New York Public Library.

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A German stowaway. Portraits from Ellis Island, Augustus Sherman.
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Dutch children. Portraits from Ellis Island, Augustus Sherman.
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Three Dutch women. Portraits from Ellis Island, Augustus Sherman.
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A Greek soldier. Portraits from Ellis Island, Augustus Sherman.
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A man from the Russian empire. Portraits from Ellis Island, Augustus Sherman.
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Men from the Russian empire. Portraits from Ellis Island, Augustus Sherman.
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An Algerian man. Portraits from Ellis Island, Augustus Sherman.
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A Bavarian man. Portraits from Ellis Island, Augustus Sherman.
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An Albanian soldier. Portraits from Ellis Island, Augustus Sherman.
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Children from Lapland, Northern Finland & Sweden. Portraits from Ellis Island, Augustus Sherman.
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A woman from Lapland. Portraits from Ellis Island, Augustus Sherman.
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A Danish man. Portraits from Ellis Island, Augustus Sherman.
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Three women from Guadeloupe. Portraits from Ellis Island, Augustus Sherman.
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A Hindu boy. Portraits from Ellis Island, Augustus Sherman.
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An Italian woman. Portraits from Ellis Island, Augustus Sherman.
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An Italian woman. Portraits from Ellis Island, Augustus Sherman.
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A Norwegian woman. Portraits from Ellis Island, Augustus Sherman.
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A Romanian piper. Portraits from Ellis Island, Augustus Sherman.
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A Romanian shepherd. Portraits from Ellis Island, Augustus Sherman.
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A Ruthenian woman. Portraits from Ellis Island, Augustus Sherman.
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A Slovak woman and child. Portraits from Ellis Island, Augustus Sherman.
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Slovakian women. Portraits from Ellis Island, Augustus Sherman.

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