Local History Photos of the Week July 19, 2019

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

Helpful Viewing Tips are found at the end of the posting for anyone who would like a few tips on how best to view the photos*

Photo 1: In Front of the Drake House

Our first photo was taken in the front yard of the Drake House on First Street, and may show members of the Drake Family. The exact year the photo was taken is unknown. However, we can tell the photo was taken from the yard of the Drake House, now a part of the 171 Cedar Street arts center, because you can clearly see Christ Episcopal Church in the background. Both the Drake House, in its modern configuration and Christ Episcopal Church can still be seen at the corner of First and Cedar Streets in Corning.

Photo 2: Possibly In Front Of Drake House Too!

Our second photo for this week, like the first, appears to have been taken from the front yard of the Drake House; obviously in the days before automobiles became ubiquitous.

Isn’t the horse and carriage cool?!

Year Book Snapshots:

This week our snapshots show photos taken from the 1963 Corning Free Academy Stator.

And as you may know, 1963 was the last year that Corning Free Academy was used as a high school. So the 1963 Stator features some neat photos chronicling the history of Corning Free Academy as well as photos of the last graduating class of C.F.A.

And, as I mentioned last week, in the last few weeks I’ve been scanning the pages of the yearbook with the small scanner we have at the library, with mixed results. The photos are clearer and larger then when I take photos of the pages with my phone, but, as many of the yearbooks in the library’s collection are oversized – and I don’t want to break the bindings of the yearbooks, trying to get a good, straight, scan – is difficult.

I may go back to taking photos of the yearbook pages in the near future – but for this week — we have some really cool, albeit slightly crookedly placed photos – enjoy!



1963 Stator Yearbook Cover & Vintage Photo of C.F.A.

C.F.A. – Historical Photos

Seniors: Abreu – Bruner (in two photos, left & right)

Seniors: Carroll – Dates

Seniors: Decker – Gottko

Seniors: Grady – Keenan

Seniors: Kelm – McKinney

Seniors: McQuillen – Neal

Seniors: Nelson – Pipe

Seniors: Poland – Schroeder

Seniors: Sellard – Younker

Have a great weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL


Exploring the Academy Place Clock Tower by Dave Rochelle | Sep 12, 2015, Urban Corning, https://urbancorning.com/2015/09/exploring-the-academy-place-clock-tower/

*To Create A Larger View (make the photos appear bigger on your screen):

You can click on each photo for a larger view. And then click the back arrow on your web browser to go back to the previous screen.

Alternatively, you can press and hold down the CTRL key, on your keyboard, while tapping the + key on your keyboard to make the photos appear larger on your screen.

To Create A Smaller View (make the photos appear smaller on your screen – after you’ve made them appear larger):

 Press and hold the CTRL key on your keyboard and tap the – sign to make the photos appear smaller again.

And If You Use A Mouse – CTRL & Scroll:

If you use a mouse you can do what is called “control and scroll”, to make photos appear larger and then smaller on your screen. To do this –>press and hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and push the scroll wheel on your mouse away from you for a larger view. To reverse the larger view hold down the same CTRL key on your keyboard and pull the scroll wheel on your mouse towards you.

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!

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