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From: "Steve Herold" <>
Subject: Ellis Island Photographs and Museum
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2005 22:45:52 -0700

There is an article in Saturday's New York Times on Ellis Island. It has a
slide show of some interesting photos of immigrants at the turn of the
century (1900). Registration is required (free).

A few quotes from the article....

Some 75 photographs of these immigrants are on view at the Ellis Island
museum in "Augustus Frederick Sherman: Ellis Island Portraits 1905-1920."
Organized by Mr. Mesenhöller and Diana Edkins, director of exhibitions and
limited-edition prints for the Aperture Foundation, a nonprofit photography
organization, the show coincides with the group's publication of a book of
the same title with 40 more images. The show continues through Sept. 6
before traveling to 16 sites in the United States and abroad.

Dressed gallantly in their native costumes, solemn families and individuals
announce themselves to their new world with no apologies. A Romanian
shepherd sits with hand on hip, his decoratively embroidered sheepskin coat
opened to reveal a lush pelt of curly wool. A Ruthenian, from Ukraine,
stares out with pale eyes, her neck encircled by loops of iridescent beads
above a peasant blouse and shearling vest. Two men from Borana, in Ethiopia,
with sculptural hair ornaments sticking straight up from their heads display
their shields; the woman between them hides her hair beneath a wrap.

Steve Herold

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