Local History Photos December 24, 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,

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: The Corning Holiday Messenger (1892)

Our first photo for this week shows the 1892 Corning edition of a publication called “The Messenger.” And that, literally, is all our records say of the photo – but it is a cool one and a timely one, since we are, indeed, in the middle of another holiday season albeit one – 129 years later!

Local History Photo 2: Denison Park in Winter

Our second photo for this week offers us a snowy view of Denison Park in the days of old; and it complements the winter season we have just entered!

Local History Photo 3: A Train View

And our final photo for this week offers a glimpse into the nostalgic era of train travel – and what a cool view!

Our record for this photo too features a mostly blank card and thus we don’t know exactly when the photo was taken but it does offer a neat view into the past, when train travel was the fastest means of transportation.

Old Newspaper Article of the Week: Christmas Snooping Comic

The Corning Evening Leader, Corning, N.Y. | December 15, 1919

And here is the text of the comic:

The boy says to his mother “Ma – whats in them there packages?

And his mother replies, in a tizzy, while dashing across the floor, “Horace Peters! Shut that door. There is nothing in there for you. I thought that door was locked.”

And below we see the whole page on which the Christmas Snooping comic appeared; page 8 of

The Corning Evening Leader, Corning, N.Y. | December 15, 1919

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!

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