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Ellis Island - Photos - Ellis Island 60 years ago

Customers wait in line at a teller's window in a bank on Ellis Island on Feb. 18, 1910. A board posted to the right of the window includes conversion prices (quoted by American Express) for gold, silver, and paper into a number of different currencies.

By the time Ellis Island shut down in 1954, more than 12 million immigrants had passed through its gates.

Art in Abandoned Places: 15 Unexpected Urban Installations. The ghostly images of the very same nurses, doctors and patients who once roamed the halls of Ellis Island’s immigrant hospital remain in the building like a psychic imprint thanks to an installation by French street artist JR, who installed paste-ups of archival photographs. ‘Unframed – Ellis Island’ will remain in the building as it continues to decay (photographs by Allison Meier of Hyperallergic.)

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