Group of Sikh immigrants, Angel Island, c. 1910.
hand-colored photograph has a paper label on the glass negative that reads
"Made by the Latern Slide and Lecture Department of the Board of Foreign
Missions of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 150 Fifth Street, New York City."
The Methodist Episcopal Church gave English lessons and furnished small conforts
of life such as towels, soap, toothbruthes and toothpaste, combs, stationery,
and sewing supplies to the prospective immigrants. They also took photographs,
probably as teaching tools for future missionaries. (Courtesy of California
State Parks, State Museum Resource Center, Photo #231-18-87.)