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24 Remarkable Photos of Immigrants from Around 1900 Show a Time Like No Other

More than a century ago, Ellis Island in the east and Angel Island in the west have processed millions of immigrants, all of whom came to the U.S. looking for a better life, or at least a new start. The photographs taken during this time tell of the Old World, as people disembarked from their steamer ships wearing the traditional dress of their countries, belongings in fabric bundles, sometimes with a smile for the camera and sometimes not. Here are 24 stunning photos of immigration at the turn of the century that give us a glimpse of what these immigrants were experiencing upon their arrival to America.

Incredible Photos of Immigrants at the Turn of the Century

Roma family photographed at Ellis Island around 1905. Via/ NYPL

Incredible Photos of Immigrants at the Turn of the Century

U.S. inspectors examining eyes of immigrants, Ellis Island,1913. Via/ Library of Congress

Incredible Photos of Immigrants at the Turn of the Century

Examining passengers aboard ships, vessel is the Shimyo Maru, Angel Island, California, 1931. Via/ Flickr

Incredible Photos of Immigrants at the Turn of the Century

Two children on Ellis Island. The numbers attached to their clothing probably relate to the their passenger listings. Via/ Library of Congress

Incredible Photos of Immigrants at the Turn of the Century

Slovakian woman photographed on Ellis Island in 1905. Via/ NYPL

Incredible Photos of Immigrants at the Turn of the Century

Dining hall at Ellis Island, early 1900s.
Via/ NYPL

Incredible Photos of Immigrants at the Turn of the Century

Algerian man at Ellis Island, early 1900s. Via/ NYPL

Incredible Photos of Immigrants at the Turn of the Century

Laplander children from Sweden on Ellis Island, early 1900s.
Via/ NYPL

Incredible Photos of Immigrants at the Turn of the Century

Immigrants at Ellis Island, 1917. Via/ Library of Congress

Incredible Photos of Immigrants at the Turn of the Century

Immigrants on Ellis Island, 1900. Via/ Flickr

Incredible Photos of Immigrants at the Turn of the Century

Italian immigrant photographed on Ellis Island, early 1900s. Via/ NYPL

Incredible Photos of Immigrants at the Turn of the Century

Moroccan immigrants on Ellis Island, early 1900s. Via/ NYPL

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