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What America’s immigrants looked like when they arrived on Ellis Island

What America’s immigrants looked like when they arrived on Ellis Island
We hear so often that America is "a nation of immigrants" or a "cultural mixing pot" that the phrase has become kind of a tired cliche. But actually seeing that history is a different story. The fascinating photographs below -- of people in their native costume passing through Ellis Island in the early 20th Century -- hint at just how incredible and unique America's history is as a nation of immigrants. These photos were taken by Augustus Sherman, an amateur photographer who worked as the chief registry clerk on Ellis Island from 1892 until 1925. Sherman snapped these photographs of people passing through customs in their native costume. They were published in National Geographic in 1907 and once hung on the walls in the headquarters of the federal Immigration Service in Manhattan, according to the Public Domain Review. The history of the island is not always a happy one: It also reflects deep racism and ethnic divisions. A German stowaway. Children and women from the Netherlands: Related:  History in Photos

41 Badass Women Who Changed History Forever Jeanne Manford marches with her gay son during a Pride Parade. [1972] Jeanne went on to found the rights group "Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays." A women's suffrage activist protesting after the "Night of Terror." [1917] Source: 33 suffrage activists had been arrested for "obstructing traffic" and were badly beaten by prison guards. Margaret Hamilton, lead software engineer of the Apollo Project, stands next to the code she wrote by hand and that was used to take humanity to the moon. [1969] A Dutch woman refuses to leave her husband, a German soldier, after Allied soldiers capture him. Source: Photograph of a samurai warrior. Source: Anna Fisher, an American astronaut and "the first mother in space." [1984] Source: Some of the first women sworn into the US Marine Corps. Source: Female pilots leaving their B-17, "Pistol Packin' Mama." Source: Source: City of Toronto Archives Source: Leola N.

60 Historical Photos Worth 1000 Words posted by Katharine J. Tobal The American newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane said that “a picture is worth a thousand words” in 1911. Over 100 years later, this still rings true. Each photograph tells a story, a special event or moment, and helps us witness the past. 1. 2. 3. 106-year-old Armenian Woman Guards Her Home, 1990 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55.Nagasaki, 20 Minutes after the Atomic Bombing in 1945 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. About Author Katharine J. I'm Syrian activist, reporter, photographer, and graphic designer.

50 Surprising Photos From The Past That Show How Different Life Used To Be The oldest known selfie. (1839) Source: Robert Cornelius took this photo outside the store his family owned. It became famous for being the first self portrait or as its commonly now known, a "selfie." People posing next to the Statue of Liberty as it's unpacked. (1886) This funny portrait of a woman was taken while she was mid-sneeze. (1900) A "knocker-up" waking up clients - the early 20th century version of alarm clocks. Nine kings gather to mourn the death of King Edward VII (1910). This may very well be the most kings ever photographed at once. Before automatic pinsetters were invented, "pin boys" worked to manually line them up. (1914). Sarcastic photo taken by anti-prohibitionists to mock their opponents in 1919. A police officer on a Harley and an old fashioned mobile holding cell. (1921) An early example of "horsemanning", the 1920's version of "planking". Two winners of a 1922 Beauty Pageant, when beauty standards were much different. Source: shorpy Source:

55 Historic Photos Got Colorized. It Changes Everything. Even if you’re a history buff that is well-versed on historical events, these photos might change how you feel about certain moments in history. A Redditor gathered together a group of cleverly edited historic photos; seeing these blew my mind. They’re not digitally altered to the point of ruining the photo, they are simply colorized. Somehow, just adding color to some of these incredibly iconic images makes it seem entirely different. These images seem less impressive or historic when they appear so modern (although you may feel differently when you see them). If only they had modern recording technology back then… Source: Reddit Did history look quite the way we picture it in these colorized photos? Share these enlightening photos with others by clicking below.

Rare Historical Photos Pt. 8 Rare Historical Photos Pt. 8 [20 Pics] Mar 29 2013 Another roundup of the popular historical series of posts that we do. You can find the previous post here, and the start of the series here. Filming of The Matrix. Abraham Lincoln's hearse, 1865. F1 pilot ejects at extremely low altitude. Fidel Castro smoking a Cohiba cigar in Havana, Cuba. 1984. German engineers testing the Messerschmitt BF109 E3. In 1955 Marilyn Monroe left Twentieth Century Fox, to move onto bigger and better things. Golden Gate Bridge construction. 1937. Jack in the Box, 1964. Jimi Hendrix driving a dune buggy with an unidentified woman. Manhattan, New York City. Martin Luther King, Jr.' Mona Lisa being returned to its home at the Louvre in Paris, France after WW2. 1945. St. NASA before Powerpoint. New York World's Fair, railroad pageant. Niagara Falls during the freeze of 1911. The original Piggly Wiggly Store, Memphis, Tennessee. Saturn V lower stages under construction at Michoud Assembly Facility. See more photo posts

Rare Historical Photos Pt. 7 Rare Historical Photos Pt. 7 [20 Pics] Feb 5 2013 Another roundup of the popular historical series of posts that we do. You can find the previous post here, and the start of the series here. Titanic in dry dock. Here you can see the scale of the person standing next to one of the propellers. 1912. The headquarters of Benito Musolini and the Italian Fascist party. Crew members of Apollo 1 rehearsing their water landing. 1966. Hindenburg flies over Manhattan in 1936. Construction of Mount Rushmore. 1934-1939. Buzz Aldrin, sitting inside Apollo 11 lunar module. A Russian Sukhoi Su-25 close air support jet that was damaged by a Georgian MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense System). Folsom Street in San Francisco, USA after the great earthquake of 1906. Soviet cruiser “Murmansk” that ran aground off the Norwegian village Sørvær during the transfer to be scrapped in India. 1994. Soviet sniper, Lyudmila Pavlichenko. A German soldier with kids on his motorcycle. See more photo posts Dec 28 2012 View Post

Rare Historical Photos Pt. 6 [19 Pics] Rare Historical Photos Pt. 6 [19 Pics] Dec 28 2012 Another roundup of the popular historical series of posts that we do. You can find the previous post here, and the start of the series here. People having a picnic in the middle of a highway during the 1973 oil crisis. Two lend-lease Bell P-63 “Kingcobra” aircraft flying over the Niagara falls. A drive-in plays "The Ten Commandments" in Utah, USA, 1958. People entering a makeshift bomb shelter. Construction of the Manhattan Bridge. 1908 The original “Blue Angels” flying in formation over Niagara falls. Construction of the Berlin wall. Tom Hardy (who recently played 'Bane' in “Batman: Dark Knight Rises”) and his son as Batman for Halloween. Natives admiring an American Air Force F4-U “Corsair” somewhere in the Pacific. 1943 A Christmas party for Hitlers officers and cadets. Adolf Hitler's pants after the assassination attempt at the Wolf's Lair. John F. Times Square. Ferdinand Porsche showcasing the Volkswagen Beetle to Adolf Hitler. ~1935.

Rare Historical Photos Pt. 5 Rare Historical Photos Pt. 5 [20 Pics] Nov 16 2012 Another roundup of the popular historical series of posts that we do. You can find the previous post here, and the start of the series here. Arnold Schwarzenegger on the day he recieved his American citizenship. The valuable stallion Nearco is led from his personal bomb shelter on the Beech House stud farm. Times Square, New York, USA. 1972. Looks like a bad day to mow your lawn. Queen Elizabeth II firing a British L85 battle rifle. An American soldier at an advanced allied base, with his pet kangaroo. 1942. Construction of the Statue of Liberty, 1884. Tearing the Berlin Wall down, 1989. Einstein's office at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, photographed on the day of his death, April 18, 1955. Luftwaffe pilots playing cards during the African campaign, 1942. Elisabeth "Lilo" Gloeden stands before judges, on trial for being involved in the attempt on Adolf Hitler's life, 1944. A Grumman X-29 experimental aircraft.

Rare Historical Photos Pt. 3 [21 Pics] Rare Historical Photos Pt. 3 [21 Pics] Oct 12 2012 Well part two of the series did even better than part one, so here are some more awesome historical photos and info. An American soldier replaces "Adolf-Hitler-Str." sign with a "Roosevelt Blvd" one in Berlin, Germany, 1945. Microsoft staff. American soldiers discover Manet's “In the Conservatory” that was hidden (amongst other Nazi loot) in the salt mines of Merker, Germany. 1945. The assembly line of Porsche 911's at the Stuttgart factory. ~1970 One of the heaviest WW2 tanks ever created, the Tiger II. A different angle of the popular stand off between a man (top left in photo) and a column of Chinese Type 59 tanks (top right in photo) on Tiananmen Square. Princeton students after a Freshman / Sophomore snowball fight. Martin Luther King Jr. removing a burned cross from his front yard. 39th Tomsk infantry regiment with their motorcycle-mounted machine guns during WW1, Russia. The original Ronald clown of McDonald's. 1963. Oct 2 2012 View Post