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Chalk Markings

Posted by
Judy aka L@dybug (Brooksville, FL, United States) on 8 October 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Poor image, through glass and in low light, but it was interesting to see how they marked the individuals coming through Ellis Island.
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The immigration station at Ellis Island opened on Jan. 1, 1892. Five years later the wooden structure burned, along with many immigration records. On Dec. 17, 1900, a new, fireproof French Renaissance-style building welcomed 2,251 new arrivals. Ferries and barges brought “steerage” passengers out to the island from steamships. (First- and second-class passengers were quickly processed on board ship.) Doctors watched as immigrants entered the building and climbed the stairs; a limp, labored breathing, or other suspected troubles warranted further medical exams. This display shows the markings used on ailing persons.

-from National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior flyer

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Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

What a great story and picture Judy, at least they had some rudimentary regulation and standards back then.

8 Oct 2010 8:24am

@Curly: Thanks, Curly and I agree!

Krisu from Tampere, Finland

So if you wanted to immigrate to America those days, you'd better forget your human dignity... Keep your head down and look healthy.

8 Oct 2010 9:14am

@Krisu: Maybe they should have kept their heads UP with a smile on their faces. ;D

Barbara from Florida, United States

As I read the text and look at the image I can imagine the scene of those days. Very interesting and informative.
I wonder, have we run out of chalk?

8 Oct 2010 12:06pm

@Barbara: Thanks, Barb ... yeah ... where is the chalk when we need it???

JJ from Jersey City, United States

The image may not be as clear as you wanted but it is strong and shows what people had to go through back in those days

re the water tanks in the city, I to for a long while never noticed them, but once I noticed one I found I was spotting them all over the city

8 Oct 2010 12:50pm

@JJ: Thank you, JJ ... and they are still coming to this land looking for more freedom. ... Thanks for your note on the water tanks. I guess it's like buying a new car and then spotting so many other like it on the road that you hadn't noticed before. ;D

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Idda' got an X for sure.

8 Oct 2010 6:10pm

@Ralph Jones: ;D

London Caller from United Kingdom

I guess people still do that these days!?

8 Oct 2010 8:48pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

very nice composition and tones

8 Oct 2010 8:52pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

I had no idea about this! fantastic information and image!

9 Oct 2010 2:54am

@Becky: Thank you, Becky.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An interesting piece of history.

9 Oct 2010 6:18pm

@Steve Rice: Thank you, Steve.

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

nice pic with a story behind it. one thinks of the multitudes who experienced this and you appreciate the sacrifice a person or family made to come to an unknown world, quite often without many of their loved ones in their extended families. your shot places me in their shoes for a minute, respectful in a way. thanks for sharing your empathy.

10 Oct 2010 3:00pm

@Tim: Thank you, Tim ... your caring comes through your words.

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

I am trying to catch up because this is so interesting! Wonderful series! Thank you for sharing this! I have never been here and now I want to take my daughter!

20 Oct 2010 1:48pm

@Wild Mustang Photography: Pam, you must take your daughter; it is far more moving than I/we ever expected.