Immigrants being served a free meal at Ellis Island.. Levick, Edwin — Photographer. 1902-1913
The New York Public Library has a Flickr album of images of immigrants coming through Ellis Island at the turn of the century: Ellis Island Photographs.
My mother’s father Samuel came through Ellis Island in 1904 when he was 15 years old. He was the first in his family to come to the United States from Europe and over the next ten years he brought his eight siblings and his parents to the U.S. All of them are in this picture at the burial of his mother at Mt. Zion Cemetery in New York in 1918.
We were standing in Bryant Park behind the main branch of the New York Public Library (building on right) and the Chrysler building was framed by some great old sycamore trees and the library.
I was pretty sure that these shots would not turn out because they were hand held but I’m pleased with them and I got numerous shots in Bryant Park that I like.
Just a note for those of you who have followed my recent postings: these sycamore trees were probably “pups” when my 90 year old mother used this library.