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THE FORGOTTEN OF ELLIS ISLAND
Deaths in Quarantine, 1909-1911

 

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New York Harbor

The following is a Currier & Ives print of New York Harbor.

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Aerial View of Ellis Island

aerial view of Ellis Island

This is a postcard showing an aerial view of Ellis Island taken early in the 1900s before the area between Islands 2 and 3 was filled in. Today, that landfill area between these two islands is overgrown with grass and weeds. While they can be seen from the water, the area known as Islands 2 and 3 is in disrepair and closed to the public. Only the section of Island 1 (the northern arm of land) which houses the main immigration hall and gardens is currently open to the public.

Quarantine Station

Quarantine off Staten Island

Postmarked in 1909, this postcard contains the following description printed on the reverse side:

"On the return voyage, passengers realize they are near home, when the steamer picks up one of the pilots that patrol the coast for incoming ships. At Quarantine Station, Staten Island, a Health Officer boards the ship (the revenue cutter conveying the doctor and his assistants flies a yellow flag), whose duty it is to inquire as to the health of all on board and to inspect the conditions of the vessel and cargo. If all is well, he authorizes the ship to proceed to her dock. If he detects symptoms of any contagious disease, he detains the ship and all aboard. The period of quarantine is, as the name implies, forty days. With a clean bill of health, however, the ship soon starts on the home stretch, the last lap, as it were, of a trip to Europe."

The Buoy Station, Quarantine Landing, Staten Island

The Buoy Station, Quarantine Landing, Staten Island

[Photo Source: Harper's Weekly, September 27, 1879, Vol. XXIII, No. 1187]

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