26 Photos that Show What Immigrants Looked Like at Ellis Island
Want to see some cool AF outfits? Well, thank Augustus Sherman, an amateur photographer who worked as a registry clerk on Ellis Island. During the height of immigration into the US during the 19th and 20th centuries, he took several photos of immigrants upon their arrival. From fur vests to awesome Dutch hats and even tattoos, Sherman recorded these traditional awe-producing looks that will give you serious fashion-inspo.
Basically, these guys were gypsies from the Ukrainian/Russian region who claimed no nation…until they came to America and became Americans.
Women from Guadeloupe
Guadeloupe is an island and French territory in the Caribbean Sea that still exists today.
During the 19th and 20th centuries, there were so many people coming in to the United States that the federal government had to get involved. Sound familiar? Well, you’d be wrong because the government responded in creating Ellis Island to make immigration through New York easier and more efficient. Yes…the federal government once welcomed immigrants because our damn country was built by them.
Here you see three women wearing the traditional bonnets of Holland (now the Netherlands).
Complete with fur vests before they were all the rage.
Still wearing the traditional clogs because they just came from Holland.
Pictured with her headdress that you won’t find on many current Italian-American women.
Pretty sure we can all agree we don’t see Greek men strolling the streets in this outfit anymore.
The hat might still work today, but the rest of the outfit fell to the wayside as he family became more Americanized.
Their attitude was reflected in the clothing they wore but is probably too hard to find now.
Pretty sure most people now own a coat like this. Yet another thing brought to the US by an immigrant. You’re welcome, America.
Ruthenia was a region between Solvakia, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, and Romania. They had a distinct culture different than the Pols or Ukrainians and the region held the name until the mid-1900s.
Lapland is the northern most region of Finland. At the time, it was mainly populated by native people.
Albania went through a series of different owners from the Byzantine Empire to the Ottoman Empire. It became an independent state in 1912, but suffered intense wars after. Clearly, some people had to flee, you know, for safety…
Slovak Woman and Child
Did you know that Eastern Europeans also rocked the headscarf look in the late 19th early 20th century when they were migrating to the US?
A woman wanting to be American wearing her country’s traditional garb.
This is an outfit you will probably only see at Oktober Fest, but it was the only clothing this future American knew.
Basically, an immigrant with blonde hair, light eyes, and freckles.
Rocking the turban while pursuing freedom halfway around the world.
Seriously, how many cultures have influenced American society? Answer: A LOT.
Another future American just trying to make a better life for himself and his family.
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