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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.

Russian Cossacks

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

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

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Guadeloupe is an island and French territory in the Caribbean Sea that still exists today.

Cossack Man

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

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.

Dutch Women

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Here you see three women wearing the traditional bonnets of Holland (now the Netherlands).

Pipers

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Complete with fur vests before they were all the rage.

Dutch Children

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Still wearing the traditional clogs because they just came from Holland.

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Italian Woman

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Italian Woman

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Pictured with her headdress that you won’t find on many current Italian-American women.

Greek Soldier

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Pretty sure we can all agree we don’t see Greek men strolling the streets in this outfit anymore.

Romanian Piper

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

The hat might still work today, but the rest of the outfit fell to the wayside as he family became more Americanized.

Romanian Women

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Their attitude was reflected in the clothing they wore but is probably too hard to find now.

Romanian Shepherd

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Pretty sure most people now own a coat like this. Yet another thing brought to the US by an immigrant. You’re welcome, America.

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Ruthenian Woman

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

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 Children

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Lapland Woman

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Lapland Children

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Lapland is the northern most region of Finland. At the time, it was mainly populated by native people.

Albanian Soldier

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

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

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Slovakian Women

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

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?

Norwegian Woman

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

A woman wanting to be American wearing her country’s traditional garb.

Bavarian Man

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

This is an outfit you will probably only see at Oktober Fest, but it was the only clothing this future American knew.

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German Stowaway

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Basically, an immigrant with blonde hair, light eyes, and freckles.

Algerian Man

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Rocking the turban while pursuing freedom halfway around the world.

Guadeloupean Woman

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Hindu Boy

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Seriously, how many cultures have influenced American society? Answer: A LOT.

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Danish Man

Credit: Portraits from Ellis Island / Augustus Sherman

Another future American just trying to make a better life for himself and his family.

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