Local History Photos January 14, 2022

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, January 21, 2022

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 Indian Monument in Painted Post, N.Y. (date unknown)

Our first photo for this week shows the Indian Monument in Painted Post with a sign for the Susquehanna Trail nestled against it. The exact date the photo was taken is unknown; however, judging by the cars seen in the background, I’m guessing the photo was taken in 1930s.

Local History Photo 2: Post Card Pine Street and Erie Avenue looking South, Corning, N.Y.

I love this obviously sent post card in Corning – one wonders who “Uncle Frank” was though!

I spent my early grade school years living in an apartment across the street from Courthouse Park; and you can see that section of Pine Street as it is rising up the hill in the background; and the street was different then, and now, then it was when this neat old photo was taken.

As a kid I spent a lot of time running up and down Pine Street and visiting Woolworths for candy; so Pine Street is one of my favorite Corning Streets. Woolworths of course, wasn’t built yet when this photo was taken. Instead, we see the Corning Opera House and Conservatory of Music on the right near where Woolworth’s would later be built; and the building on the left, which is still standing, has been known by different names over time from the Heerman & Lawrence Building to the Githler Tanner building.

And if you look closely, in the background on the left, you can see the steeple of the First Presbyterian Church.

And of course the fact that the street is unpaved is also neat – although I’d imagine it was a muddy mess when it rained!

Local History Photo 3: Painted Post Schools, Painted Post, N.Y. (date unknown)

Our third photo for this week shows the Painted Post area school buildings in winter at some time in the past.

Old Newspaper Article of the Week:

Ads from the Corning Journal, Corning N.Y. | Wednesday, January 5, 1898

What a cool bunch of ads from January 1898; from book binding service to J E. Barber’s Livery, to holiday prices for nickel and copper ware, to business card from prominent locals and even the fact that the price of the Corning Journal, then in its 8th year of publication – was 2 cents!

Super cool! Times have sure changed since 1898 – today I’d be looking for the best auto mechanic for my car and not a livery service – but old newspapers are just plain cool for the window the open on the past!

And here is the entire front page of the

Corning Daily Journal, Corning N.Y. | Wednesday, January 5, 1898

And here is the entire front page of the newspaper, featuring the cool ads.

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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