Following on from last week’s lesson on immigration policy in the 1920s, if you click here you will get to an article in The Guardian by Sarah Gilbert. In it, she tells the story of Augustus Francis Sherman.
Many of the 12 million people who entered the US through New York’s Ellis Island wore traditional dress from their homelands. The early 1900s images by chief registry clerk Sherman have been brought to life in a book called The Paper Time Machine, by Wolfgang Wilding and Jordan Lloyd.
Above – a Ruthenian woman circa 1906 from the region historically inhabiting the kingdom of the Rus, incorporating parts of modern-day Slavic speaking countries.