Local History Photos April 16, 2021

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

Local History photos are published on Fridays; and the next local history photo posting will be up on Friday, April 23, 2021.

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: Market Street

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Our first photo for this week shows a street fair on Market Street, in Corning, at some time in the past.

The Photo is undated; however judging by the unpaved street and the vintage clothes the people are wearing – we can certainly see it goes back a ways!

Local History Photo 2: Chimney Narrows

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Our second photo for this week shows the old Chimney Narrows rock formation that bordered the Chemung River in the City of Corning. This photo too is undated – but offers a cool look at the local landscape of the past!

Local History Photo 3: View of the City of Corning

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Our third photo for this week shows an old view of the City of Corning. This photo is also undated; however, I would speculate judging by how far away the Corning Glass Works towers are in the background, that this photo was taken from a hill on the Northside – in the days when there were fewer houses on the Northside of Corning.

Local History Photo 4: Postcard Showing T.H Symington Factory in Corning

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Our final photo for this week is of an old postcard that shows the old T. H. Symington Company plant that was once located on Bridge Street in the City of Corning. The plant originally manufactured railroad supplies; they branched out into making shells for the U.S. Army during World War I.

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:


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!

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