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Photographs from Ellis Islands – Faces of America by Augustus Francis Sherman

Augustus Francis Sherman was an amateur photographer and the chief registry clerk at Ellis island during its busiest time.  In 1907 over 1 million immigrants passed through Ellis Island – 3,000 to 5,000 a day.  Some of these migrants had to spend an extended time there and August Francis Sherman was able to persuade them to put on their best clothes for a photograph.  Most of these photographs were taken between 1906 – 1912.  

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