Customers wait in line at a teller's window in a bank on Ellis Island on Feb. 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.
IMMIGRATION: After several cholera pandemics, the government built Swinburne island to quarantine immigrants who were found to be suffering with dangerous contagious diseases. Immigrants suspected of having such diseases were taken to the hospital and were not allowed to enter until cured. Less serious cases stayed at the Ellis Island hospital. Swinburne was used to quarantine during a cholera outbreak in 1910. Trachoma, TB, cholera, smallpox, malaria and influenza were of concern.