Local History Photos August 27, 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, September 3, 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: Board of Education Building

Our first photo for this week shows the old “Corning Board of Education” building in Corning. The photo is undated, but it was obviously taken years before the Alternative School of Math & Science took over the building!

Local History Photo 2: Corning Clock Tower

Our second photo for this week shows the famous Corning Clock Tower in Centerway Square – before there was a Centerway Square, and even before there was a bridge over the river at the north end of Pine Street. We don’t know when the photo was taken – but it is a super cool photo!

Local History Photo 3: Old Corning Theater

Interestingly, our record for this photo indicates it is of the old “State Theater” in Corning; even though the marquee seen in the photo, clearly states it is the “Palace Theater.” I have vague memories of the old Palace Theater which was located on Market Street in Corning, and I’m assuming it was this building.

The theater was closed by the time I was a child and demolished at some point during my childhood; but even as a kid I loved history and I can recall looking through the windows in the locked doors, and imaging watching live shows and movies in the days of old in the theater.

Have a great 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!

5 thoughts on “Local History Photos August 27, 2021

  1. To the left of the State Theatre was the Sugar Bowl owned by Aunt, Leona Harrison and a close friend, Ethel WellmanIt was a deli with home made bake goods.


  2. Hi — It is indeed the State Theatre. The marquee says “Attend the Fox and Palace” — because this theatre is no more. Regards, Ron Griswold


  3. Hi again – Found this online:

    The Opera House occupied the northwest corner of Pine Street and Cintra Lane West, essentially an alley. Its construction date is unknown. In February 1923, it became the State Theatre, which stood until 1955 when it was demolished and became part of the footprint of a large Woolworth’s store. It is unclear when the Woolworth’s store was razed, but the site is now a parking lot.

    So the photo was taken circa 1955. Regards, Ron Griswold


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