Local History Photos September 9, 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, September 16, 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: Pre-Construction Bridge Street Viaduct (Corning, N.Y.)

Our first photo for this week was taken on June 13, 1933 and shows a northeasterly view of the route for the planned Bridge Street Viaduct.

Local History Photo 2: Pre-Construction Bridge Street Viaduct View of Market Street (Corning, N.Y.)

Our second photo for this week offers a view of the northeast end of Market Street prior to the building of the Bridge Street Viaduct. The photo was taken June 16, 1933.

Local History Photo 3: Pre-Construction Bridge Street Viaduct: Houses on the Northeast side of Market Street, Corning, N.Y.

And our third photo offers a different shot of the houses on the Northeast side of Market Street prior to the construction of the Bridge Street Viaduct.

Old Newspaper Article of the Week

Our newspaper “articles” for this week are actually both ads.

However, they are both cool offering a neat look into what life was like in Corning in 1890!

The first ad is titled Smith & Sullivan Furniture Dealers and Undertakers; and what an eclectic business selling undertaking services and furniture!

The ad appeared on page two of the Corning Daily Democrat, Corning, N.Y. on September 9, 1890.

The second ad is titled At The Beginning Of The Fall Term Go To Comosh’s Book Store

This ad also appeared on page 2 of the Corning Daily Democrat on September 9, 1890; and I think it too is cool for offering a look into how students wrote in 1890 – with slates and slate pens!

For a wider look at life locally, in 1890, here is a photo all of:

Page Two of the Corning Daily Democrat, September 9, 1890

And for a glance at what was going on in the world at that time here is:

The Front Page of the Corning Daily Democrat, Corning, N.Y. on September 9, 1890:

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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