Captured in Time: Syrian Immigrant Sultana Numeir upon Arrival in America in 1890

This Picture Is Worth Far More than a Thousand Words

Megan Smolenyak
15 min readFeb 13, 2023

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Sultana as seen in original photo and after colorization and enhancement (via MyHeritage and Photoshop Elements)

The fact that this image exists is remarkable enough, but the story that spilled out of it is even more so. Included in a scrapbook of immigrant photos taken between 1890 and 1892 by E.W. Austin who worked at the Barge Office while Ellis…

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Megan Smolenyak

Genealogical adventurer & storyteller who loves solving mysteries! You may not know me, but chances are you’ve seen my work. (www.MeganSmolenyak.com)