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30 Powerful Photos Of Ellis Island Immigrants Who Are The True Faces Of America

Ellis Island was considered as the United States' busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 till 1934. During that period, many photographers were drawn to this place driven either by general human interest or because of the newsworthiness of the scene. But this amateur photographer, Augustus Sherman, was not like others. He thought the other way round and captured unique pictures of countless immigrants in his camera when they were attempted to gain entrance into the United States.

These photographs are powerful enough to tell you what exactly a life of immigrant can be. Have a look! 

30 Powerful Photos Of Ellis Island Immigrants Who Are The True Faces Of America

30 Powerful Photos Of Ellis Island Immigrants Who Are The True Faces Of America

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1. An Albanian soldier

1. An Albanian soldier

Some immigrants were held on Island for a few days or weeks before getting approval.

2. Algerian Man in traditional

2. Algerian Man in traditional

The meals were free upon arriving, to each immigrant. Sometimes it was only the ice creams or bananas provided to them.

3. The girl in the photo is identified from the Kochersberg region near Strasbourg, Alsace 

3. The girl in the photo is identified from the Kochersberg region near Strasbourg, Alsace 

4. A miner from Hohenpeissenberg, Bavaria 

4. A miner from Hohenpeissenberg, Bavaria 

5. Cossack man from the steppes of Russia

5. Cossack man from the steppes of Russia

6. 57-year-old Man from Svendborg, Denmark (30 april, 1909)

6. 57-year-old Man from Svendborg, Denmark (30 april, 1909)

7. The Dutch protestant women: "Sisters with their Mother from Zuid-Beveland, province of Zeeland, The Netherlands"

7. The Dutch protestant women:

8. Dutch siblings from the Island of Marken (circa 1905)

8. Dutch siblings from the Island of Marken (circa 1905)

They both were holding religious tracts with them.

9. Protestant woman from Zuid-Beveland, The Netherlands

9. Protestant woman from Zuid-Beveland, The Netherlands

10. Women from Guadeloupe in their traditional attire

10. Women from Guadeloupe in their traditional attire

11. A tattooed German stowaway allegedly deported in May 1911

11. A tattooed German stowaway allegedly deported in May 1911

12.  A Greek-Orthodox priest, Rev. Joseph Vasilon, (circa 1905)

12.  A Greek-Orthodox priest, Rev. Joseph Vasilon, (circa 1905)

13. A Greek Evzone, member of a light infantry unit in the Greek army

13. A Greek Evzone, member of a light infantry unit in the Greek army

14. A Greek woman, June 1909

14. A Greek woman, June 1909

15. A Guadeloupean woman, 1911

15. A Guadeloupean woman, 1911

On January 1, 1892, more than 600 immigrants passed through on the very first day of Ellis Island's operation.

16. Romani family

16. Romani family

An Italian woman, (circa 1906)

An Italian woman, (circa 1906)

80% of immigrants were processed and approved in just some hours.

18. Another Italian immigrant

18. Another Italian immigrant

On April 17, 1907, the highest number of immigrants to reach on Ellis Island in a single day was 11,747.

19. Swedish children in Lapland costume

19. Swedish children in Lapland costume

20. Originally titled "Swedish woman,"....

20. Originally titled “Swedish woman,”....

..but the name got changed when it was recognised that the woman's clothing is actually originated from the west coast of Norway.

21. A young Swedish girl from the Rattvik providence of Dalarna

21. A young Swedish girl from the Rattvik providence of Dalarna

22. A Romanian man poses with his instrument

22. A Romanian man poses with his instrument

23. A Romanian shepherd

23. A Romanian shepherd

Poor passengers were kept on the island for physical inspections and further legal questioning. It was totally opposed in the case of wealthier arrivals

24. Russian Cossacks, armed and in full dress

24. Russian Cossacks, armed and in full dress

25. Ruthenian woman in traditional attire

25. Ruthenian woman in traditional attire

26. A Laplander woman from Finland 

26. A Laplander woman from Finland 

27. Traditionally dressed Scottish kids 

27. Traditionally dressed Scottish kids 

28. Captioned "Hungarian Gypsies all of whom were deported," this photo appeared in The New York Times on February 12, 1905

28. Captioned “Hungarian Gypsies all of whom were deported,” this photo appeared in The New York Times on February 12, 1905

29. Romanian shepherds, one posing with his pipe

29. Romanian shepherds, one posing with his pipe

30. Slovakian women

30. Slovakian women

It is reckoned that about 40 percent of U.S. citizens can trace at least one ancestor back to Ellis Island.

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