Local History Photo of the Week July 20, 2018

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

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Photo 1: Old Time Baseball Team

Our first photo for this week shows a baseball team in what appears to be the early twentieth century.

I think the team might be sitting on the steps of Corning Free Academy – so they might be a C.F.A. baseball team from ages past.

If you recognize anyone in the photo let us know!

Photo 2: Residents At Stop Sign & One Way Street Photo During The Flood (1972)

This photo is, apparently, one that was taken of a trio of people standing near a parking meter and a combo ONE WAY and STOP street sign during the Flood of ’72.

And I say “apparently” , because there is another photo of the same group of people that appeared on the cover of the Star Gazette Souvenir Booklet titled “The Great Flood of ’72 In The Twin Tiers”, which was published on August 1, 1972.  We have a copy of the booklet in our collection and it is worth checking out if you’re interested in the history of the Flood of ’72.

As you can see, the photo in the library’s archive shows three people standing in flood waters near a parking meter and a combo STOP/ONE WAY street sign.

The cover of the Star Gazette Souvenir Booklet seems to have been cropped as it shows only the two people standing closest to the parking meter and street sign – but it is obvious that photo too was taken on the same day and near the same time as the one in our archive.

If you have any flood stories to share, or if you know who any of the people in this vintage flood photo or, or who Jerry Hendy is, please let us know!

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!

We’re happy to add photos/postcards of local persons, places or things of the past to our local history collection! If you have questions about donating local history items to the library send me an email: reimerl@stls.org

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Local History Photo of the Week July 13, 2018

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

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Photo 1: A Quartet of Ladies and a Baby

Our first photo shows a quartet of ladies, in very somber black attire, surrounding a baby in a carriage. The style of dress, which is, needless to say, much fancier than the street clothes we wear today, looks late 19th Century-ish in vintage.

And by modern standards the baby in the carriage is having a very fancy ride!

Also of note, the wooden plank side walk the group is standing on. I know that at one time Corning featured wooden sidewalks; however, when they were replaced by brick and later concrete walks is a mystery.

If you know anything about the people in the photo, the history of wooden sidewalks in Corning or, if you wish to share any stories of the Corning area in days gone by – please do!

Photo 2: Corning Chemung River Scene

Our second photo of the week is of an old postcard showing the Chemung River in the foreground and some of Corning Inc.’s old buildings in the background.

I’m certain the photographer was standing on the north side of the river as I believe Corning’s factory buildings have always been on the south side of the river.

The date the photo was taken is a mystery.

What a great postcard though! It offers us a great glimpse into the past as all our local history photos do.

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!

We’re happy to add photos/postcards of local persons, places or things of the past to our local history collection! If you have questions about donating local history items to the library send me an email: reimerl@stls.org

Local History Photo of the Week July 6, 2018

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

(Click on the photos for a larger view)

Photo 1: Patriotic Parade Marchers?

I’m going to guess that the two gentleman seen in the photo were marching in a long-ago parade. Perhaps on the 4th of July or Memorial Day?

If you recognize either of the men in the photo, please let us know.

Photo 2: Corning Opera House

Our second photo for this week is another photo we have that appears to have been take of a photo. This one shows the old Corning Opera House. I’m not sure when the opera house was torn down, as it was before my time, but I’m guessing sometime prior to the 1950s or whenever the Woolworths store was built on that block of Pine Street in Corning.

If you have any stories about the old Corning Opera House please let us know!

Bonus Photo: Postcard of Corning Opera House

The Library of Congress has a free digital collection of images that you can download — including this photo of a postcard of the old Corning Opera House – which is neat!

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!

We’re happy to add photos/postcards of local persons, places or things of the past to our local history collection! If you have questions about donating local history items to the library send me an email: reimerl@stls.org

Local History Photo of the Week June 29, 2018

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

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Photo 1: Southside Carriage Ride

This photo appears to be of two ladies getting into a carriage on Corning’s Southside sometime in the pre-automobile days. I’m guessing those are Corning Glass Works factory smoke stacks in the background. What a neat photo!

Photo 2: Machine Workers

Our second photo for this week seems to be of machine workers. I’m guessing this photo was taken early in the Twentieth Century but as there is a woman working in the foreground of the photo – perhaps it was taken during World War II. If you recognize what type of machine the workers are using – let us know!

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!

We’re happy to add photos/postcards of local persons, places or things of the past to our local history collection! If you have questions about donating local history items to the library send me an email: reimerl@stls.org

Local History Photo of the Week June 22, 2018

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

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Photo 1: Northside Blodgett Circa 1930s

Our first photo for this week shows the recently demolished Northside Blodgett building circa the 1930s. And I’m guessing on the date based upon the car seen parked near the school.

It is also interesting to note that the area where the photographer was standing seems to have been a field at the time. And sometime in the year since houses have been built on that side of the street.

Photo 2: Mystery Football Team

And our second photo this week is something of a mystery as it obviously shows a football team; but which football team and what year the photo was taken remain a mystery.

If you know anything about the football team seen in the photo or the players on the team – let us know!

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!

We’re happy to add photos/postcards of local persons, places or things of the past to our local history collection! If you have questions about donating local history items to the library send me an email: reimerl@stls.org

Local History Photo of the Week June 15, 2018

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

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Photo 1: Methodist Church, Painted Post 

Our first photo of the week showed the old Methodist Church in Painted Post.

When the photo was taken or where are a mystery – perhaps it was located on Steuben Street or Charles Street? If you know, let us know!

 

Photo 2: Sledding Down The Hill In Formal Attire

This photo was obviously taken on January 4 of some year in the past. And it appears that the gentleman sledding down the hill — is sledding down a street on the south side hill in Corning. You can see what might be Corning Glass Works smoke stacks in the distance.

And what a hoot to see an adult on a sled wearing a fancy hat! I’m showing my vintage I know, however, I only remember men in my grandfather’s generation wearing old school hats and coats like the ones the sledder has on. And to see him sledding down the hill in his fancy hat is just plain fun!

If you recognize where this photo was taken, let us know!

Bonus Photos: Civic Center Rink Construction 

The City of Corning is upgrading the Civic Center Plaza Ice Rink. And, obviously, they have to tear it apart to upgrade it! Here are several photos I took yesterday showing they work in progress.

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!

We’re happy to add photos/postcards of local persons, places or things of the past to our local history collection! If you have questions about donating local history items to the library send me an email: reimerl@stls.org

Local History Photo of the Week June 8, 2018

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

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Photo 1: Bluff Point, Kueka Lake 

Just in time for the advent of summer our first photos shows an old postcard of Bluff Point, Kueka Lake.

Photo 2: Erie Train Depot, Corning, NY 

And our second photo of the week shows the old Erie Train Depot once located in Corning and now long gone. But wow! Those women in their long skirts and the horse drawn carriages – they conjure up a great feeling of the romance of days gone by!

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!

We’re happy to add photos/postcards of local persons, places or things of the past to our local history collection! If you have questions about donating local history items to the library send me an email: reimerl@stls.org