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33 Beautiful Vintage Portraits Of America’s Immigrant Past From Ellis Island

The Senate approved comprehensive immigration reform Thursday by a 68–32 vote count and the legislation now moves to the House. The bill would legalize millions of current undocumented immigrants. Here are some photos of immigrants from the early 1900s courtesy of the the New York Public Libary’s digital collections.

1. A German stowaway

William Williams papers/Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

2. A Greek Orthodox priest

William Williams papers/Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

3. A Bavarian man

William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

4. Two Romanian women

William Williams papers/Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

5. A man whose descent was not identified, possibly Russian

Via Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection / New York City — Ellis Island/New York City Public Library

6. A Guadeloupean woman

William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

7. Three Scottish boys

William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

8. A Dutch woman

William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

9. A Danish man

William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

10. Three Russian Cossacks

William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

11. A Ruthenian woman

William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

12. A Slovak woman with her child

William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

13. Another man whose descent was not identified, possibly Russian

Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection / New York City — Ellis Island/New York Public Library

14. A Romanian man

William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

15. Several Romani people

William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

16. An Albanian soldier

William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

17. A Greek woman

William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

18. A Greek man

William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

19. An Italian woman

William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

20. An Algerian man

William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

21. An Indian boy

William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

22. Three women from Guadeloupe

William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

23. A Romani family

William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

24. Three Dutch women

William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

25. Two pipers

William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

26. An Italian woman

William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

27. A Turkish man

William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

28. An Algerian man

William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

29. Two Lapland children, possibly from Sweden or Finland

William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

30. A Romanian shepherd

William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

31. A Czech-Slovak grandmother

Lewis Hine/New York Public Library

32. A Jewish immigrant

Lewis Hine/New York Public Library

33. A Bavarian man

William Williams papers /Augustus Sherman photographs/New York Public Library

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