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Erika Owen

There's no doubt travel style has seem some massive improvements through the ages (less focus on the sweat pants and more emphasis on comfortable, fly-worthy basics!). Taking a look back at what others have debuted on the way to the baggage claim is always fun, but you probably haven't dug as deep as Ellis Island in the 1920s. This month marks Ellis Island's 61st anniversary of shutting its doors as an immigration facility—it's since been educating the masses on the people who passed through its doors in the early 1900s. Lucky for us, there's an entire Flickr account dedicated to the travelers—and with it comes a true peek into culture from every corner of the world.

Understandably, you won't find an infinity pillow in sight. Things you will find: elaborate hats, festive kilts, and layered dresses covered with the colors of wherever home used to be. Spending a few minutes with these photos is like a time machine, 

Courtesy of New York Public Library

Courtesy of New York Public Library

Courtesy of New York Public Library

Courtesy of New York Public Library

Courtesy of New York Public Library

Courtesy of New York Public Library

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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