Local History Photo: Friday, December 30, 2016

Here’s our local history photo of the week!

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The record for this photo states

“The Old N. Y. Central Station in immediate foreground. Corning Glass Works in rear.”

And this photo appears to be of a post card as you can see it is titled “Corning, N.Y. the Crystal City” at the top of the and “Corning Glass Works” at the bottom.

Railroads were obviously a huge part of life in the Corning area in the past.

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

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Local History Photo: Friday, December 23, 2016

Happy Friday everyone!

Just a reminder the library is closed Friday, December 23 through Monday, December 26 — so put those books on hold and you can pick them up on Tuesday, December 27!

(As usual click on the photo for a larger view!)

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This photo is of the old castle, aka arsenal, which was built in 1858 and later sold, at auction, to Saint Mary’s Church and used as an orphanage and convent before the building was torn down in the 1960s. (Dimitroff and Janes 46-48)

What a cool old building!

Works Cited

Dimitroff, Thomas P., and Lois Janes. History of the CORNING Painted Post Area: 200 Years in Painted Post Country. Bookmarks. Corning. 1991.

Local History Photo: Friday, December 16, 2016

This photo, which actually appears to be a photo of a post card, does not feature a mystery at all as it is obviously the old library building located across the street from City Hall.

The only real question for us to ponder, regarding this photo, is what year the photo was taken – my guess is before the 1926 fire that severely damaged the building and before it was repaired and reopened as the local public library in 1930.

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The best in-depth history book on Corning & Painted Post is the one written by Thomas Dimitroff & Lois Janes titled

History of the CORNING Painted Post Area: 200 Years in Painted Post Country

and the book features some cool information on the World War Memorial Library – as follows:

“The City Club bought the Rogers lot at the corner of Pine and First Streets in 1894. Its new clubhouse opened there March 30, 1898;” and “Although attempts had been made to establish some type of World War I memorial, none of them had appealed to the various interested groups, and ten years after the war the city did not have a World War monument. During the same period, the library which the city had taken over in 1921, was finding it more difficult to provide service from crowded quarters on the upper floor of city hall. On Memorial Day, 1930, the two problems were solved with the dedication of the Memorial Library building.”

(Dimitroff and Janes 111, 236-237)

The authors go on to note that the Memorial Library building housed the library until its move to its current location in the Nasser Civic Center Plaza in 1975 where it was housed from 1975 until it closed in 1999.

And the “new” library, The Southeast Steuben County Library, opened in the same Nasser Civic Center location in 2000, where it remains today as a vibrant part of the local community.

Have a great weekend!
Linda

Works Cited

Dimitroff, Thomas P., and Lois Janes. History of the CORNING Painted Post Area: 200 Years in Painted Post Country. Bookmarks. Corning. 1991.

Local History Photo: Friday, December 9, 2016

Good morning everyone, here is our local history photo of the week!

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This one is super cool! The record for the photo states “Early Glenn Curtis plane – America.”

I have no idea when the photo was taken or who the men are seen in the photo but early Glenn Curtis planes are cool!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Linda, SSCL

P.S. if you recognize the men in the photo or know more about the plane — let us know!

Local History Photo: Friday, December 2, 2016

Happy Friday everyone!

Here is our local history photo of the week.

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The record for this photo states:

Subject: “Glass Disk”

Location: “Corning Glass Center Corning”

The disk in the photo is the original 200″ reflecting telescope disk made for George Ellery Hale in 1934.

The disk was to be installed at the Palomar Observatory in California. And this disk, the first one they created, is imperfect due to the mold cracking as the glass was being poured to create the disk.

So the original disc, seen in the photo is, as it has been for many years, on display at the Corning Museum of Glass.

The second disk they poured did, indeed, go on to be used by the Palomar Observatory — where it is still being used today.

And if you’d like to know more about the disk on display at CMOG and its successor disk that went to the Palomar Observatory – here’s a link to a page on The Corning Museum of Glass website titled “MIRROR TO DISCOVERY: THE 200-INCH DISK AND THE HALE REFLECTING TELESCOPE AT PALOMAR” — where you’ll find more information:

http://www.cmog.org/collection/exhibitions/mirror-to-discovery

And stepping away from the disk discussion for a moment — here’s is an actual local history mystery question!

Does anyone know the identity of the two people seen standing next to the disc in the photo?

Our record doesn’t have that information listed…

Have a great weekend!
Linda, SSCL