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ThePaperTimeMachine_06_Ellis_Island_Italian_Woman_1900s_FC Augustus Francis Sherman/New York Public Library/Dynamichrome In the early 1900s, Ellis Island served as the United States' largest immigration station, processing up to 12 million immigrants between the years 1892 and 1954.

One amateur photographer by the name of Augustus Sherman, who served as Ellis Island's chief registry clerk sometime between 1906 and 1917, photographed a handful of immigrants who passed through. According to the , his subjects were most likely asked to wear their best holiday finery or national dress.

These stunning portraits, originally published in National Geographic in 1907, have now been brought back to life and colorized by . Lloyd's technique includes historical research for accuracy, as well as retouching at an expert level. His book, "," includes these portraits.

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"Gákti is the traditional costume of the Sámi people inhabiting the arctic regions spanning from northern Norway to the Kola peninsula in Russia. Traditionally made from reindeer leather and wool, velvet and silks are also used, with the (typically blue) pullover being supplemented by contrasting colored banding of plaits, brooches and jewelry."

1910, Laplander Augustus Francis Sherman/New York Public Library

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"The decorations are region-specific and the gákti is used in ceremonial contexts such as weddings, or signified whether or not one was single or married, but also served as working dress when herding reindeer."

Augustus Francis Sherman/New York Public Library/Dynamichrome

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"Historically inhabiting the kingdom of the Rus ranging from parts of modern day Slavic speaking countries, this example Ruthenian traditional dress consisted of a shirt and underskirt made from linen which was embroidered with traditional floral based patterns."

1906, Ruthenian woman Augustus Francis Sherman/New York Public Library

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"The sleeveless jacket is constructed from panels of sheepskin."

Augustus Francis Sherman/New York Public Library/Dynamichrome

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"This traditional dress was most likely homespun and consisted of a long, wide dress to cover the ankles. Above, a bodice and sleeves were tied in such a way to expose portions of the linen blouse and colors and materials were usually regional."

1910, Italian woman Augustus Francis Sherman/New York Public Library

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"Shawls and veils were also a common feature, and an apron decorated with floral brocades were used for special occasions such as weddings."

1910, Italian woman Augustus Francis Sherman/New York Public Library/Dynamichrome

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"Both the cotton khadi and the prayer shawl are most likely hand-spun on a charkha, and was used all year round."

Augustus Francis Sherman/New York Public Library/Dynamichrome

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"The elaborate tartan headpiece worn by Guadeloupean woman can be traced back to the middle ages where the eastern Indian city of Madras was famed for its cotton making. First plain, then striped and then with increasingly elaborate patterns, the Madras fabric that was exported and used as headwraps was eventually influenced by the Scottish in colonial India, leading to a Madras inspired tartan known as 'Madrasi checks,' which in the colonial empires made its way to the French occupied Caribbean."

191, Guadeloupean Woman Augustus Francis Sherman/New York Public Library

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"The traditional dress of Germany is known as the trachten, like so many others has regional variations. In the alpine regions of Germany like Bavaria, leather breeches known as Lederhosen were worn regularly by rural folk."

1910, Bavarian man Augustus Francis Sherman/New York Public Library

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"The grey jacket, known as a trachtenjanker, is made from pulled wool and decorated with horn buttons, often used by hunters in the region."

Augustus Francis Sherman/New York Public Library/Dynamichrome

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"The vestments of the Greek Orthodox church have remained largely unchanged."

1910, Rev. Joseph Vasilon, Greek-Orthodox priest Augustus Francis Sherman/New York Public Library

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"Evolving since the 1750s, the Danish dressed simply, with more decorated attire for special occasions such as weddings or Sunday church. As with many nations before mass industrialization, much of the clothing was homespun by Danish women or a professional weaver and were usually made from wool and flax, which were warm and relatively easy to acquire."

1909, Danish man Augustus Francis Sherman/New York Public Library

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"Cuts and patterns were largely regional with a limited palette derived from vegetable dye. Men often wore several shirts underneath their jackets, and the addition of silver buttons on the jacket and other decorative details indicated an individual’s wealth and origin."

Augustus Francis Sherman/New York Public Library/Dynamichrome

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"This particular cojoc, an embroidered sleeved sheepskin coat is much plainer than the shepherd’s version, making it a more practical, work oriented coat, suggesting that the subject is of the working class given the lack of decoration and the straw hat."

1910, Romanian piper Augustus Francis Sherman/New York Public Library

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"The waistcoat, known as a pieptar is worn by both men and women, and smaller waistcoats were made from lambskin."

Augustus Francis Sherman/New York Public Library/Dynamichrome

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"The kaftan tunic has been worn by many cultures and was often made of wool, silk or cotton — though the cloak, known as a burnous was made from woolen fabric and came with a hood and was either white to a dark brown depending on the region."

Augustus Francis Sherman/New York Public Library/Dynamichrome

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