Local History Photos of the Week March 22, 2019

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the week!

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Photo 1: Denison Park Postcard

Our first photo of the week shows Denison Park in the days of old – date unknown.

What cool photo, it shoes a summer scene complete with ladies wearing summer white!

 

Photo 2: Old Corning Opera House & Music Consevatory 

Our second photo for this week is of an old Corning landmark; the old Corning Opera House, which I believe was torn down to make room for the lot that housed the old Woolworth store.

What a great old building – can’t you just imagine the music played there and the peformances given?

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

Corning History is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Library Local History/Creation Station Resources:

At the library you can scan your photos and slides to create digital family albums and slideshows; and even use one of the Circut machines, and other Creation Station equipment, to help you create a special paper family history album.

Also of note, we have the local paper, at times called the Corning Leader, Corning Journal or Corning Daily Journal, on microfilm from 1840 to the present — so you can visit the library and research local history and your family tree if you wish!

And…

And if you find any old photos or postcards of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

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Local History Photos of the Week March 15, 2019

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the week!

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Photo 1: Students & Instructor

Our first photo for this week appears to have been taken in the sixites or seventies, at least it does if you look at the clothing!

But I don’t recognize what type of equipment the instructor is adjusting…

If you know what type of equipment is seen in the photo and/or recognize who one or more of the people seen in the photo are – let us know!

 

Photo 2: Crystal City Clothing

Our second photo is of a store on a corner block in the City of Corning at some time in the past. The awning above the store clearly says “Crystal City Clothing”, and I believe the last part of that awning sign says “& Merchant Tailoring House.”

The building housing the store looks familar and I may have to take a walk up Market Street and look for it!

Our records don’t indicate when or exactly where the photo was taken, but I’d guess by the fact that most of the men posing for the photo are wearing bowler hats that the photo was probably taken before 1930.

Even if we don’t know when the photo was taken or who the men are seen in the photo – it sure is cool!

We can see that if we could step back in time and walk down Market Street on that day we could “Get Suited” at the store and rent a room next door before walking a few feet down the block to the Gerber City store!

Bonus Photo: Steuben Postcard

Our bonus photo this week is of a postcard showing a Steuben glassworker engraving a Steuben bowl.

And again, we don’t know who the man seen in the postcard is – so if you recognize him please let us know!

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

Corning History is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Library Local History/Creation Station Resources:

At the library you can scan your photos and slides to create digital family albums and slideshows; and even use one of the Circut machines, and other Creation Station equipment, to help you create a special paper family history album.

Also of note, we have the local paper, at times called the Corning Leader, Corning Journal or Corning Daily Journal, on microfilm from 1840 to the present — so you can visit the library and research local history and your family tree if you wish!

And…

And if you find any old photos or postcards of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

Local History Photos of the Week March 8, 2019

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the week!

 

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Photo 1: Flooded Street During The Flood of ’35

Our first photo for this week shows, what I believe to be either old Erie Avenue or Market Street during the Flood of 1935.

Cool vintage cars are seen driving over the viaduct and you can clearly see stores signs for Jones Pontiac and Alemite Auto as well as a barber’s colorful barber’s pole.

What a neat photo!

 

Photo 2: Trio of Fire Officials In Front of Old Fire Truck

Our second photo for this week features a trio of fire fighter officials standing in front of a neat old fire truck. And, although our records don’t indicate where the photo was taken, I believe from other photos I’ve seen online that they are standing in front of what is today the Rockwell Museum!

If you know anything about the three unidentified men in the photo please let us know!

 

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

 

Corning History is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Library Local History/Creation Station Resources:

At the library you can scan your photos and slides to create digital family albums and slideshows; and even use one of the Circut machines, and other Creation Station equipment, to help you create a special paper family history album.

Also of note, we have the local paper, at times called the Corning Leader, Corning Journal or Corning Daily Journal, on microfilm from 1840 to the present — so you can visit the library and research local history and your family tree if you wish!

And…

And if you find any old photos or postcards of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

Local History Photos of the Week March 1, 2019

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the week!

Photo 1: Corning Free Academy Basketball Team

Our first photo for this week is of a Corning Free Academy Basketball Team in an unknown year.

And although we don’t have a listing for the year the photo was taken, I would speculate that it may have been taking during World War II as if you look closely, above the heads of the players, at the left and right hand corners of the photo, you’ll see it says “Infantry” and “Air Corps.”

It would be neat to know who the young men in the photo are too!

If your recognize any of the men in the photo and/or if you have any stories about local basketball players or games please share them!

 

Photo 2:  Snowy Walk 

We don’t have a date or location for this photo. However, I suspect it may have been taken in the City of Corning at some time in the past as those hills in the background look familiar!

If you recognize where the photo was taken, who the girl is in the photo or if you have any stories of what life was like in Corning in ages past please feel free to share that information.

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

 

Corning History is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Library Local History/Creation Station Resources:

At the library you can scan your photos and slides to create digital family albums and slideshows; and even use one of the Circut machines, and other Creation Station equipment, to help you create a special paper family history album.

Also of note, we have the local paper, at times called the Corning Leader, Corning Journal or Corning Daily Journal, on microfilm from 1840 to the present — so you can visit the library and research local history and your family tree if you wish!

And…

And if you find any old photos or postcards of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

Local History Photos of the Week February 21, 2019

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the week!

Photo 1: Col. Berry’s House  at 210 Delevan Avenue:

Our first photo for this week shows the old Colonel Berry house on Delevan Avenue in Corning.

Our records don’t indicate who Colonel Berry was, so if you know, let us know!

 

Photo 2: Carriage Ride Through Canfield Park:

Our second photo for this week is another one of the photos of a photo that we have in our Local History Archive.

You can indeed see part of two other photos at the top and bottom of this photo but it is a neat photo nevertheless.

The photo shows a horse drawn carriage that appears to be driving through Canfield/Courthouse Park. I’m fairly certain the location is Courthouse Park, because if you look closely at the right edge of the photo you can see the edge of a large light brick building, which I believe is the courthouse. And to the left of the edge of the courthouse roof, between the edge of the roof and carriage, you can see the old Corning Glass factory buildings in the distance.

What a cool photo!

Of course, our records don’t show who the two independent ladies are in the carriage, but the fact that they are on their own in an era that might just be before women gained the right to vote – is cool!

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

Corning History is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

Library Local History/Creation Station Resources:

At the library you can scan your photos and slides to create digital family albums and slideshows; and even use one of the Circut machines, and other Creation Station equipment, to help you create a special paper family history album.

Also of note, we have the local paper, at times called the Corning Leader, Corning Journal or Corning Daily Journal, on microfilm from 1840 to the present — so you can visit the library and research local history and your family tree if you wish!

And…

And if you find any old photos or postcards of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

Local History Photos of the Week February 15, 2019

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the week!

All three photos for this week are of a parade that made its way down Market Street in 1948.

You can tell the photos were taken in 1948 by looking both at the float that celebrates the 80th Anniversary of Corning Glass Works in 1948, and, by looking at the New York Telephone Company Float which lists how many telephones there were in Corning in 1948.

 

Photo 1: New York Telephone Float

What a cool float!

The New York Telephone Company float notes that there were 142 telephones in Corning in 1898 and that in 1948 there were more than 8,000! Corning has a long history of being a place that embraces new technologies!

And you can see the old Newbury and the Ecker Drug stores in the background too!

 

Photo 2: Corning Glass Works 80 Years in Corning Float

Our second photo for this week shows a Corning Glass Works Float that was created to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Corning Glass Works – and that is super cool!

Also cool is the text at the bottom of the float which says:

“In 1879 CORNING blew a bubble for a man named Edison”, the text refers to the fact that Corning Glass Works made light bulbs early in the electric era and some were made for a man named Thomas Edison!

And if you look very closely, you’ll see that there is a gaffer blowing glass in the middle of the float!

 

Photo 3: Erie Locomotive

Our third photo for this week shows an Erie locomotive driving by the Ecker Drug Store as part of the same parade. We certainly don’t see trains running down Market Street or Erie Avenue (AKA Denison Parkway) anymore!

 

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

 

Corning History is a Southeast Steuben County Library blog.

 

Library Local History/Creation Station Resources:

At the library you can scan your photos and slides to create digital family albums and slideshows; and even use one of the Circut machines, and other Creation Station equipment, to help you create a special paper family history album.

Also of note, we have the local paper, at times called the Corning Leader, Corning Journal or Corning Daily Journal, on microfilm from 1840 to the present — so you can visit the library and research local history and your family tree if you wish!

And…

And if you find any old photos or postcards of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

Local History Photos of the Week February 8, 2019

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the week!

Photo 1: Denison Park Winter 1923

A frosty photo of Denison Park from 1923!

 

Photo 2: Drake House Postcard

And old postcard showing the Drake House which I believe was located on East Second Street in Corning.

The postcard description states “Residence Of The Late F. N. Drake – Corning.”

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

Library Local History/Creation Station Resources:

At the library you can scan your photos and slides to create digital family albums and slideshows; and even use one of the Circut machines, and other Creation Station equipment, to help you create a special paper family history album.

Also of note, we have the local paper, at times called the Corning Leader, Corning Journal or Corning Daily Journal, on microfilm from 1840 to the present — so you can visit the library and research local history and your family tree if you wish!

And…

And if you find any old photos or postcards of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!