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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


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2. A Greek Orthodox priest


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3. A Bavarian man


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4. Two Romanian women


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


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6. A Guadeloupean woman


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7. Three Scottish boys


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8. A Dutch woman


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9. A Danish man


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10. Three Russian Cossacks


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11. A Ruthenian woman


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12. A Slovak woman with her child


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


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14. A Romanian man


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15. Several Romani people


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16. An Albanian soldier


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17. A Greek woman


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18. A Greek man


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19. An Italian woman


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20. An Algerian man


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21. An Indian boy


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22. Three women from Guadeloupe


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23. A Romani family


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24. Three Dutch women


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25. Two pipers


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26. An Italian woman


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27. A Turkish man


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28. An Algerian man


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29. Two Lapland children, possibly from Sweden or Finland


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30. A Romanian shepherd


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31. A Czech-Slovak grandmother


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32. A Jewish immigrant


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33. A Bavarian man


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