Old images show New York’s German community

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New York’s forgotten settlers: a wealth of fascinating images show the German community in the United States after crossing the Atlantic in the 19th century

  • The photos were taken in Utica, Oneida County, in the years leading up to WWI
  • Large numbers of Germans settled in the area in the 1850s, and by 1910 it was the largest ethnic group in Utica
  • All of these images were taken between 1910 and 1918, showing the German community at work and at play

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They were among the first settlers of a community in upstate New York, but hard times lay ahead.

A fascinating series of photographs provides a glimpse into the lives of Germans living in Utica, Oneida County, as World War I approached.

Large numbers of Germans settled in the area in the 1850s, and by 1910 it was the largest ethnic group in Utica.

The German community had a large newspaper, supported several churches and a large number of social groups.

All of these images were taken between 1910 and 1918, showing the German community at work and playing.

The collection of images shows the German community at work and at play in the preparation for the First World War

A number of Germans gather around a car in Utica, upstate New York, in the fascinating series of photos

A number of Germans gather around a car in Utica, upstate New York, in the fascinating series of photos

In 1910, Germans were the largest ethnic group in Utica, Oneida County, upstate New York.

In 1910, Germans were the largest ethnic group in Utica, Oneida County, upstate New York.

Three women pose for the camera in one of the images, which shows the German community at work and playing in upstate New York

Three women pose for the camera in one of the images, which shows the German community at work and playing in upstate New York

Large numbers of Germans settled in the area in the 1850s, and by 1910 it was the largest ethnic group in Utica

Large numbers of Germans settled in the area in the 1850s, and by 1910 it was the largest ethnic group in Utica

Six young men pose for a photo in sports uniforms in one of the fascinating images revealing what German community life was like between 1910 and 1918

Six young men pose for a photo in sports uniforms in one of the fascinating images revealing what German community life was like between 1910 and 1918

The photos were taken in upstate New York in the years leading up to the outbreak of World War I in 1918.

A man poses in sportswear in the fascinating set of images

The photos were taken in upstate New York in the years leading up to the outbreak of World War I in 1918.

Four men line up in Utica, Oneida County, upstate New York, in the fascinating series of photos taken between 1910 and 1918

Four men line up in Utica, Oneida County, upstate New York, in the fascinating series of photos taken between 1910 and 1918

A family gathers around a car at the start of the 20th century in the fascinating series of photos of the German population

A family gathers around a car at the start of the 20th century in the fascinating series of photos of the German population

The photographs were taken in the years leading up to World War I and reveal what life was like for the German community in upstate New York.

The photographs were taken in the years leading up to World War I and reveal what life was like for the German community in upstate New York.

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