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, May 21, 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: A Corning Home (date unknown)
Our first photo for this week shows a home in the City of Corning, that I believe is still standing; it seems to me I’ve seen that house somewhere on the Southside Hill in Corning.
It might be a good weekend to take a walk and see where that house is!
The records for our photo don’t indicate the year the photo was taken, nor the location – other than that the photo was taken in Corning.
5 17 Update: Thank you Ron Allision for the info on the location of the house! The house is located on the corner of Pine and Second Street in Corning.
Local History Photo 2: Corning, New York (date unknown)
Our second photo for this week offers a birds-eye view of Corning with Corning Glass factory buildings in the background.
Local History Photo 3: Eggington’s Glass Cutting Shop
Our third photo for this week shows a of this postcard of the old Eggington cut glass works. The record for the photo is blank except for the title.
However, the premier book on the history of Corning, History Of The Corning-Painted Post Area: 200 Years in Painted Post County, co-authored by Thomas Dimitroff and Lois Janes, has the answer to the question of just where the cut glass shop was!
On page 72 of the book it states that in 1897 “The O. F. Eggington Rich Cut Glass Works began a new plant at State and Fifth Streets.”
And from an interview with Lucy Eggington done in the early 1990s, we know that O. F. Eggington owned the entire square block between Fifth and Sixth Streets, bored by State and Washington Streets!
Another reason to take a local history constitutional and get a ground level view the block once owned by O. F. Eggington!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy the photos and be well everyone,
Linda Reimer, SSCL
Dimitroff, T., & Janes, L. (1977). History Of The Corning Painted Post Area: 200 Years In Painted Post Country (1st ed.). Corning Area Bicentennial Committee.
Kohut, J. (2006, April). An Interview with the Egginton Sisters. American Cut Glass Association. https://cutglass.org/articles/art25egginton.htm
*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!