Local History Photos January 24, 2020

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

Helpful Photo 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*

Local History Photo 1

Our first photo for this week shows the old City of Corning waterworks pump house in the foreground at right, and the old Sinclair Glass Company, in the background, on the left.

Unfortunately, both buildings are long since gone. The pump house was located on the edge of Denison Park, on the corner of Conhocton Street and Denison Parkway in Corning, where Rite Aid stands today. And the Sinclair Glass Company location is approximately where Dunkin Donuts is today.



Local History Photo 2

The record for our second photo is incomplete; however, it does feature the following description “Curtiss Airplane, Hammondsport, New York.”

And thus we don’t know year the photo was taken or where exactly, but even so, what great photo of an old Curtiss Airplane!

Perhaps someone who lives in Hammondsport will recognize the exact location the photo was taken, if so please let us know!



Local History Photo 3

Our third photo for this week shows the old Ingresoll-Rand Plant in Painted Post.



Local History Photo 4

And our final photo for this week, shows the City Club building after the fire of 1926.

The City Club relocated after the fire and the building was repaired, refurbished and opened as the War Memorial Library in 1930. The library remained in that location until a more modern library was built and opened in 1975.

Today, the grand old, City Club/Memorial Library building houses top-notch apartments.

Have a great weekend!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

*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!

2 thoughts on “Local History Photos January 24, 2020

  1. Love the photo of Ingersall and Rand. Is this what it would have looked like in 1948-50 when my dad Willis Resue worked there?
    If you have any information on the Resue family that lived in the Painted Post area I would really love to know. I’m in Oregon so I can’t just stop by and do research.


    • Hi, thanks for your message and your interest in our local history blog!

      We are working on digitalizing our local history photo archive and, also creating a database that contains the information listed on the card in each photo sleeve. Unfortunately, many of the photos don’t have any descriptive information at all at to when and where they were taken, or if there are people in the photo – who the people are. So I don’t have an exact date for the photo of the Ingersoll-Rand postcard. However, I would guess looking at the buildings that it probably shows the Rand in the early twentieth century.

      Bringing our local history collection into the modern age is an ongoing project. And if I find more information on the date of the Ingersoll Rand buildings I will post an update to the blog.
      Genealogy research requests for information on specific families or persons may be made through the library’s website. We have the local Corning newspaper going back to 1840, and can easily search for information that appeared in the paper if we have a date – the date of a local marriage or the date someone died. A bit morbidly perhaps, but obituaries are gold mines of information!

      Here’s the direct link to make a local history request, via the SSC Library site:

      Thanks again for your interest and have a great day!


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