Local History Photos March 6, 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: Horse & Carriage In Centerway Square

Our photos for this week are both street scenes.

The first photo shows a horse and carriage in front of the Clock Tower in Centerwary Square. The Clock Tower is still there; however, the rest of the square looks quite different as the building to the left of the tower was subsequently demolished and replaced with more than one new building. Today that area houses the building that used to be the Baron Steuben Hotel and, further back, a municipal parking garage. And I believe one of the buildings to the right of the Clock Tower was later demolished, but the other building, the one just to the right of the carriage, is still there.

And of course, the unpaved streets have been paved since the photo was taken.

What a neat view of how life used to be in Corning!

Local History Photo 2:

Our second photo for this week shows a streetcar, in the days of old, turning a corner at one of the intersections in Corning. The record for the photo doesn’t indicate exactly where the photo was taken, so if you have eagle eyes and recognize the house behind the streetcar and where it is located, please let us know!

And again, what a cool photo!

You can see the back of the conductor, in his conductor’s uniform, getting on the streetcar, the family sitting on the porch and porch steps in the background, and the man in the hat walking across the street who seems to be wearing a flat straw hat!



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!

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