Local History Photo of the Week July 13, 2018

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

(Click on the photos for a larger view)

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 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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