A friend of mine sent me these photographs of Ellis Island.  We are fortunate in that the Great European Migration to America coincided with the widespread availability of print and moving images in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  It is one thing to say that 12 million people passed through the immigration station; it is another to be able to attach a face to the story.

Until the other day I never realized that Life magazine is still the presence that it is.  At Life.com one will find over ten million photographs and free online access to every article in the Life archives up through 1972.  I think I know what I’ll be doing in my free time the rest of the winter.