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    Ellis Island images (61) vintage glass plate and acetate camera negatives by Edwin Levick and others. (ca. 1910s-1940s) Vintage (61) negatives, including (59) glass plate camera negatives ranging in size from 4 x 5 in. to 8.5 x 6.5 in., (2) acetate camera negatives 1-3.25 x 4.25 in. and 1-5 x 6.75 in. Also includes (13) gelatin silver 5 x 7 in. contact prints. Documenting the peak years of the Ellis Island immigration station, in which 5,000 to 10,000 people arrived every day. Including (5) by Edwin Levick, exhibiting the photographer's ink stamp on the plate. Levick's work appeared frequently in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the New York Herald Tribune. Contact prints display Alexander Alland Collection ink stamps on verso. All but (3) contact prints correspond to original glass plate negatives. Including views of a barge arriving at Ellis Island, crowds outside the Ellis Island ferry launch, men, women and children crowded into a detention room, a long line of newly arrived immigrants carrying luggage, sea-weary immigrants on the deck of the S.S. Poseidon, a man undergoing an eye exam, women and children waiting with large bundles, a group of deportees in a holding room, the baggage room packed with all manner of luggage, men, women, and children carrying large bags, trunks, and bundles along the docks, a portrait of a young girl in traditional ethnic dress with an immigration official, a family taking stock after a long voyage, mothers with children, men and women queuing with numbers pinned to their clothes, interviews with interpreters and immigration officials, packed waiting rooms and holding "pens", a woman taking a test proctored by immigration officials, medical inspections, Russian immigrants holding handwritten signs bearing the names of their hometowns aboard the S.S. Constantinople, kitchen staff preparing a meal, a 1906 immigrant rights rally in Battery Park, the men's dining room, group portrait of a children's dormitory, and others. Exhibiting some emulsion loss, corner loss, chipping and scratching. Prints exhibit some creasing, surface loss, and handling wear. Negatives exhibiting chipping and emulsion loss to upper and lower edges. Overall, in vintage good to very good condition. Special shipping arrangements will apply.

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    September, 2015
    29th Tuesday
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