NYC today is considered one of the most muti-cultural cities on the planet. You are about to take a peak behind the curtain of history and see the seeds of this rich ethnic melting-pot.
100 years ago immigrants from all over the globe landed in Ellis island to in search of a better life. Some were lucky enough to be immortalized by Augustus Francis Sherman. He was the chief registry clerk at Ellis Island, a keen amateur photographer, and took the photographs below between 1906 and 1914.
With painstaking care, the good people at Dynamichrome have colorized these pictures and have stitched together a cultural backstory behind them for their crowdsourced book The Paper Time Machine. Check out some of the amazing, haunting and beautiful images below:
Danish Man (1909)
Ruthenian Woman (1906)
Italian Woman (1910)
Alsace-Lorraine (modern day France) Girl, (1906)
Guadeloupean Woman (1911)
Romanian Piper (1910)
Algerian Man (1910)
Romanian Shepherd (1906)
Featured image source [boredpanda]