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.
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.