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.
As this photograph from about 1930 shows, anyone arriving at the Immigration Station on New York's Ellis Island who appeared to have a communicable disease was immediately segregated. If diagnosis confirmed the suspicion, that person was quarantined in a hospital until he or she was no longer contagious. Photo credit: Courtesy of National Library of Medicine
Immigrants carrying suitcases at Ellis Island, early 1900s. Ellis Island, which opened in 1892 kept the administrative records and allowed immigration officers to check for diseases and to verify that each immigrant had at least $25 and had someone to meet them upon arrival, an effort to make sure that they would not become a ward of the state.