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These 100-Year-Old Colorized Images Of NYC Immigrants Honor Our Multi-Cultural City

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These 100-Year-Old Colorized Images Of NYC Immigrants Honor Our Multi-Cultural City

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)
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Ruthenian Woman (1906)
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Laplander (1910)
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Italian Woman (1910)
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Alsace-Lorraine (modern day France) Girl, (1906)
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Guadeloupean Woman (1911)
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Romanian Piper (1910)
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Algerian Man (1910)
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Romanian Shepherd (1906)

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