Local History Photos July 22, 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, July 29, 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: Biplane

The record for our first photo of the week indicates only that the photo is of a “Biplane.”

What a great photo though! It shows a cool early airplane and tips the proverbial hat to the early aviators that flew aircraft in our area.

Local History Photo 2: Corning Map

Our second photo for this week shows an undated map of Corning.

As that is rather vague, here is a link to the Corning Sanborn Maps found in the Library of Congress’s digital catalog. There are seven maps, all of which feature clear views of multiple pages. The maps cover the years 1888, 1893, 1898, 1903, 1908, 1913 & 1921: https://www.loc.gov/collections/sanborn-maps/?q=corning+new+york

The maps are very cool for a number of reasons, including the fact that they show how Corning grew from the 1880s to 1921.

Local History Photo 3: Birds-Eye View of Corning

Our third photo for this week is another photo of a photo from our archive. In doing a quick online search, I discovered that the original photo was turned into a postcard, and the photographer took the photon from a vantage point in Gibon in 1910.

Old Newspaper Article of the Week

Governor Wilson To Plan Appomattox Tree

Corning Leader, Corning, N.Y. July 22, 1912 | Page Eight

The surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and his army to Union General Ulysses S.Grant and his army, 157 years ago, almost seems like ancient history to us today, but in 1912 when future U.S. President Woodrow Wilson was governor of New Jersey, and scheduled to plant a replacement apple tree at Appomattox Courthouse – the Civil War had ended just 47 years before!

Here is all of Page Eight of the Evening Leader, Corning, N.Y. 1912

Just to give us a look at the wider local world of the day!

And The Front Page of the Evening Leader, July 22, 1912

To offer us a look at the most notable news stories of the day

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!

One thought on “Local History Photos July 22, 2022

  1. Linda …enjoyed the pics from July 22. Picture #1 of the “biplane” could be of Glenn Curtiss and a “Pusher type sea plane I:e: engine and prop behind the pilot” named “June Bug”. Not sure if Glenn is one of the men pictured but I’m sure the folks at the Curtiss
    Museum could tell you. Pic number 3 of early Corning shows primarily the North side of town. I have a friend who has an original photo of both sides of town in the early part of the century. E-mail me at joconn@stny.rr.com for details. Thanks for the history tour of our great town!!


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