|Title||Stereoview: 32-16752 - The Gateway of America - Immigrants Landing from Barge at Ellis Island, N.Y. Keystone View Co., n.d., ca. 1915-1924.|
|Collection||Hoboken Transportation Collection|
Stereoview card: 32 - 16752 - The Gateway of America - Immigrants Landing from Barge at Ellis Island, N.Y.
Keystone View Company, Manufacturers, Publishers (text on reverse also has Keystone copyright notice), no issue date, circa 1914-1924 (photo image may be earlier.)
The text on the reverse is in notes. Text refers to 1914 statistics thus establishing an early date for this printing.
The immigrant passenger barge (or ferry) is the Louisa C.
Hoboken was the American home port in this era for several passenger lines that brought immigrants to America and that were processed at Ellis Island.
|Photographer||Keystone View Co.|
|Year Range from||1915|
|Year Range to||1924|
Exhibition 2014: Hoboken, Ellis Island, and the Immigrant Experience, 1892-1924
Text printed on back of card:
32 — (16752)
IMMIGRANTS LANDING AT ELLIS ISLAND, NEW YORK
Lat. 41 [degrees] N.; Long. 74 [degrees] W.
Ellis Island is a small island in the harbor of New York not far from the Statue of Liberty. Here are brought all immigrants who come into America through the port of New York. In order to understand the workings of the government machinery about a port, imagine yourself an immigrant on board a large in-coming ship.
The vessel first puts into its pier where American citizens and others whose landing is not to be questioned, get off. All immigrants are kept on board, you among them. A ferry pulls alongside the ship and you are taken aboard it. This boat takes you to Ellis Island. Perhaps it is your ferry that you see drawn alongside the Ellis Island pier. You will note the immigrants stepping, for the first time, on American soil.
Before you are free to go to your friends, you must undergo a government inspectiton [sic - inspection] With many others you pass into narrow aisles (ilz)
formed by iron railings. At the end of each of these aisles, in a booth, stands a government inspector. When you finally reach him, you undergo a careful examination.
You give your name, your age, your occupation, tell who your friends are, where they live, and what you expect to do. You must have a certain amount of money on your person in order that the Government may be assured that it will not have to support you when you land. You are also given an examination bv special doctors.
If you. fail to satisfy the authorities on any of these items, you will not be admitted.
More immigrants come through the port of New York than any other port in America. In 1914 there were received at Ellis Island, 1,218,480 immigrants, 33,041 of whom were debarred.
What does “immigrant” mean?
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