Photographs Of What Immigrants Looked Like Their First Day In America

From 1892 to 1954, Ellis Island saw over four million immigrants pass through to begin a new life in a new continent. Every single one of them brought not only a suitcase of possessions, but a heart filled with hope and a dream of a better life. Along with registering with the goverment and adopting American names and lifestyles, many immigrants were recquired to take photographs to document their arrival. Luckily, some of these photographs have survived.

The following photographs were taken by Augustus Sherman, a registry clerk who worked for over 25 years at Ellis Island. These photographs show what is likely each of these immigrants first or second day in America and showcase just how diverse these people were.

Norwegian Woman
immigrants first picture in america

Slovakian Women
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Danish Man
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Albanian Soldier
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Italian Woman
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Algerian Man
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Romanian Piper
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Italian Woman
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Russian Cossacks
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Women From Guadeloupe
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Russian Man
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More Pipers
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German Stowaway
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Romanian Woman
immigrants first picture in america

Children From Lapland
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Ukranian Woman
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Finnish Children
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Kids From The Netherlands
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German Man
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Woman From The West Indies
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Dutch Women
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Boy From India
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Slovakian Mother And Child
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Shepherd From Romania
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Soldier From Greece
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Finnish Woman
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