Local History Photos November 20, 2020

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

The next local history photo posting will be up on Friday, November 27, 2020.

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*

Viewer’s Note: This week, all three local history photos feature completely blank description cards – so we know they were taken in Corning at some time in the past – but when is a mystery!

Local History Photo 1: Market Street circa 1940s

Our first photo for this week offers a true window into the past; showing West Market Street in the 1940s. Specifically, we’re looking at Deluxe Dairy Products, Inc. located at 99 West Market Street and Ward Williams, Frigidaire Appliances located at 93-95 West Market Street. The street view is cool and those now vintage cars are too!

Local History Photo 2: Painted Post in 1896

Our second photo for this week, is another photo of a photo from the library’s photo archive – but what a cool birds-eye view of the Painted Post! We see the Indian Monument in the foreground, and man driving a horse-drawn carriage in front of that; and the background a streetcar and a man lazily leaning against a lamp post! I can’t see what is going on in the lot on the other side of the street from the monument but perhaps someone with sharper eagle eyes can take a look and figure it out!

Local History Photo 3: First Street in Corning

Our final photo for this week has a description card that is less informative than would be ideal; we don’t know what year the photo was taken – but it is super cool nonetheless! The view shows an unpaved East First Street in Corning looking westward from what the description card notes is the “Columbia Street area.”

I don’t recognize the building on the left and it may have been torn down decades ago…

And if you recognize exactly where the photo was taken – let us  know!

Have a good weekend everyone,

Linda Reimer, SSCL

Local History Online Library Resources:

Heritage Quest: Heritage Quest is the library’s online genealogy service, and it includes access to census records and other research sources; it can be accessed by going to the Online Resources page, on the library’s website, and scrolling down until you see the link for Heritage Quest:

Research & Learning: Lynda.com, Databases, Etc.

Once you’ve clicked on the Heritage Quest link, you’ll be prompted to login with your card number and PIN. If you have questions about how to use Heritage Quest, please feel free to let me know – my email address is reimerl@stls.org

Enjoy the photos and be well everyone,

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!

One thought on “Local History Photos November 20, 2020

  1. Linda,
    I love your series of pictures. Is there any way in the future that you could give us yearbooks again. I loved those. Grew up at 157 West Third Street until I graduated college.


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