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Italian family looking for baggage, Ellis Island NY 1905; NYPL Digital Gallery

Italian family looking for lost baggage, Ellis Island Creator: Hine, Lewis Wickes, -- 1905 Source: Portraits of immigrants at Ellis Island, New York.

Never published. The Saturnia docks at at Ellis Island, 1950. (Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images Never published. The Saturnia docks at at Ellis Island, 1950

Caption from a LIFE story on Ellis Island, 1950: "Tired child is ready to go to sleep with his head on the dining-hall table. American food is sometimes too strange for aliens. There is a kosher kitchen for orthodox Jews."  (Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

<b>Caption from LIFE.</b> "Tired child is ready to go to sleep with his head on the dining-hall table. American food is sometimes too strange for aliens. There is a kosher kitchen for orthodox Jews.

Augustus F.Sherman. Greek Woman. Ellis Island portraits. New York Public Library.

a woman from Salamina island Greece, immigrant to the United States, dressed with her local tradional costume, June 1909

LIFE.com presents rare photos from America's most famous entry point for immigrants -- Ellis island, a.k.a, "the island of hope and tears."

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Two immigrant children from Holland arrive on Ellis Island

Two immigrant Dutch children arrive on Ellis Island, 1907 (Again, my Dutch family arrived in the US long before Ellis Island, but certainly there were cousins still in The Netherlands who dressed like this.

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