This Is What America’s Immigrants Looked Like When They Arrived on Ellis Island

 

Between 1892-1954, Ellis Island served as an immigration inspection station for millions of immigrants arriving into the United States. The first immigrant to pass though the station was 17-year-old Annie Moore from Cork, Ireland, one of the 700 immigrants arriving on the opening day on January 1, 1892.

These images of people wearing their folk costumes were taken by amateur photographer Augustus Sherman who worked as the Chief Registry Clerk on Ellis Island from 1892 until 1925. The people in the photographs were most likely detainees who were waiting for money, travel tickets or someone to come and collect them from the island.

Norwegian Woman

America’s Immigrants

Slovakian Women

America’s Immigrants

Danish Man

America’s Immigrants

Albanian Soldier

America’s Immigrants

Italian Woman

America’s Immigrants

Algerian Man

America’s Immigrants

Romanian Piper

America’s Immigrants

Italian Woman

America’s Immigrants

Russian Cossacks

America’s Immigrants

Three Women From Guadeloupe

America’s Immigrants

Cossack Man From The Steppes of Russia

America’s Immigrants

Pipers

America’s Immigrants

German Stowaway

America’s Immigrants

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