Portraits from Ellis Island

12 Portraits of Ellis Island Immigrants

12 million people of every nationality imaginable passed through the doors of Ellis Island. The building opened in 1892, but five years later burned completely to the ground. A larger building was constructed to process 5,000 immigrants per day. On April 17th, 1907 11,747 immigrants were processed.

People fled to America because of war, famine and lack of opportunity. In certain cases entire villages of people packed up and moved – bringing their customs, cuisines and cultures.

The portraits in this series were taken by Augustus Sherman. Sherman worked as a clerk at Ellis Island from 1892 to 1925.

From the New York Public Library.

Timothy O’Sullivan Wigglegrams

Timothy O’Sullivan is best known for his haunting battlefield images of the American Civil War, but after the war O’Sullivan continued his rich and lasting photography career. O’Sullivan joined the United States Geological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel in 1867. From 1871 to 1874 he took part in a survey west of the 100th meridian. O’Sullivan’s photographs of the Southwest were used to recruit settlers, but more importantly they provide a glimpse into the lives of the Southwestern American Indian tribes, and a peek into pre-industrialized western landscapes.

The following animated gif wigglegrams were created from scans of original stereographs from O’Sullivan’s photographs using the New York Public Library’s Stereogranimator website (created by Joshua Heineman).

From the New York Public Library.

 

1930s Criminal Mugshots

13 Vintage Mugshot Photographs from Newcastle upon Tyne

From the Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

“This mug shot comes from a police identification book believed to be from the 1930s. It was originally found in a junk shop by a member of the public and subsequently donated to Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.” -Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

“No information is available to confirm which police force compiled it, but evidence suggests it’s from the Newcastle upon Tyne area.”

Ansel Adams Landscapes

13 Historic Pictures

Ansel Adams is perhaps the most famous and recognizable photographer in American history. No person surpassed his technical mastery of film photography. Adam’s could take a picture of a white wall, and it would be the greatest picture of a white wall you’ve ever seen. He literally wrote the book on photography. His three tomes, The Camera, The Negative and The Print provide an encyclopedic explanation of film photography.

Adams started his photography career as a 14 year-old on a Yosemite vacation with his family in 1916. Adam’s father gave him a Kodak Brownie camera, and he made his first photographs on that vacation. The next year he returned with a better camera, and in the winter went to work for a photo finisher in San Francisco. By 1927 Ansel had produced his first portfolio of photography of scenes from the Sierra mountains. This first portfolio launched his career, and he would spend the next 60 years creating images of America’s iconic natural areas.

1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “Pine trees, snow covered mountains in background, “Burned area, Glacier National Park,” Montana.”
1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “View of valley from mountain, “Canyon de Chelly” National Monument, Arizona.”
1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “The Giant Dome, largest stalagmite thus far discovered. It is 16 feet in diameter and estimated to be 60 million years old. ‘Hall of Giants, Big Room,’ Carlsbad Caverns National Park,” New Mexico.”
1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “Taken at dusk or dawn from various angles during eruption. “Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park,” Wyoming.”
1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “Front view of entrance, “Church, Taos Pueblo National Historic Landmark, New Mexico, 1942.”
1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “Full view of cactus with others surrounding, “Saguaros, Saguaro National Monument,” Arizona.”
1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “Sheep “Flock in Owens Valley, 1941.”
1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park,”
1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “Roadway, low horizon, mountains, clouded sky, “Near (Grand) Teton National Park.”
1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “”Grand Teton” National Park, Wyoming.”
1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “Close-up of leaves, from directly above, “In Glacier National Park,” Montana.”
1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “Close in View of Mountain Side, “From Going-to-the-Sun Chalet, Glacier National Park,” Montana.”
1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “Photograph from Side of Cliff with Boulder Dam Transmission Lines Above and Colorado River to the Left.”
1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “Photograph of Transmission Lines in Mojave Desert Leading from Boulder Dam.”
1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “Full side view of adobe house with water in foreground, “Acoma Pueblo”
1941-1942. Photograph by Ansel Adams. “”The Tetons – Snake River,” Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.”

Vintage Political Signs

9 Vintage Photographs of Protest and Political Signs

1915-1923. Photograph by Harris & Ewing. "Lloyd George the Anarchist and Wilson his junior partner," "Mr. Wilson is busy protecting America's enemy. The British Empire," and "Mr Wilson! Murder is Murder whether by a Turk or an Englishman"
1915-1923. Photograph by Harris & Ewing. “Lloyd George the Anarchist and Wilson his junior partner,” “Mr. Wilson is busy protecting America’s enemy. The British Empire,” and “Mr Wilson! Murder is Murder whether by a Turk or an Englishman”
1965. Photograph by Warren Leffler. "African American demonstrators outside the White House, with signs "We demand the right to vote, everywhere" and signs protesting police brutality against civil rights demonstrators in Selma, Alabama."
1965. Photograph by Warren Leffler. “African American demonstrators outside the White House, with signs “We demand the right to vote, everywhere” and signs protesting police brutality against civil rights demonstrators in Selma, Alabama.”
1964. Photograph by Warren Leffler. "African American and white Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party supporters demonstrating outside the 1964 Democratic National Convention, Atlantic City, New Jersey; some hold signs with portraits of slain civil rights workers Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner."
1964. Photograph by Warren Leffler. “African American and white Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party supporters demonstrating outside the 1964 Democratic National Convention, Atlantic City, New Jersey; some hold signs with portraits of slain civil rights workers Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner.”
1981. Photograph by Frank Espada. "Reagan la roba a los pobres Migrant farm worker at a demonstration, Washington, D.C."
1981. Photograph by Frank Espada. “Reagan la roba a los pobres Migrant farm worker at a demonstration, Washington, D.C.”
1938. Photograph by Arthur Rothstein. "Political signs. Vincennes, Indiana."
1938. Photograph by Arthur Rothstein. “Political signs. Vincennes, Indiana.”
1962. Photograph by Phil Stanziola. " 800 women strikers for peace on 47 St near the UN Bldg."
1962. Photograph by Phil Stanziola. ” 800 women strikers for peace on 47 St near the UN Bldg.”
1962. Photograph by Dick DeMarsico. "Little Denise Davidson, 5 months old, sleeps peacefully while her mother, Mrs. Donald Davidson, of 278 Clinton St., Bklyn., marches with ban-the-bomb group outside the United Nations to protest resumption of A-[bomb] tests by the United States."
1962. Photograph by Dick DeMarsico. “Little Denise Davidson, 5 months old, sleeps peacefully while her mother, Mrs. Donald Davidson, of 278 Clinton St., Bklyn., marches with ban-the-bomb group outside the United Nations to protest resumption of A-[bomb] tests by the United States.”
1918. Unknown Photographer. "People dressed as pilgrims carrying three signs for amnesty for political prisoners standing in front of the White House."
1918. Unknown Photographer. “People dressed as pilgrims carrying three signs for amnesty for political prisoners standing in front of the White House.”
1964. Photograph by Warren Leffler. "Delegates on the floor at the 1964 Democratic National Convention, Atlantic City, New Jersey; sign reading "Tennessee for LBJ."
1964. Photograph by Warren Leffler. “Delegates on the floor at the 1964 Democratic National Convention, Atlantic City, New Jersey; sign reading “Tennessee for LBJ.”