Local History Photos December 16, 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, December 23, 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: Aerial View of Corning (1956)

Our first photo for this week shows an aerial view of Corning, New York, looking westerly back in 1956.

Local History Photo 2: Market Street (1961)

Our second photo for this week shows Market Street in Corning, frozen in time, back in 1961!

Local History Photo 3: Market Street (1961)

And our third photo for this week, also taken in 1961, offers another aerial view of Market Street; this time at night looking

westerly from, near the corner of Wall and Market Streets in Corning.

Old Newspaper Article of the Week

This week our “old newspaper article” actually contains two items that offer a window into what life was like in Corning in 1908.

The first is actually an ad from Bong’s Jewelers alerting local residents to the fact that they had fine hat pins for sale.

And the second, focuses on a gentlemen named George Thrall who worked at a local rail yard and injured his hands while at work.

Today, of course, hat pins aren’t the hot item they were in 1908; and there are far fewer individuals working in the railroad industry

– but just imagine what it was like in 1908 when ladies needed a fashionable hat pin to complete their outfits and train travel was

the primary means of getting people and products across the country – very cool!

And as the hat pin ad and the George Thrall injury notice are a bit fuzzy in the photo, the text is typed out beneath the photo:


Solid gold, gold filled, and sterling silver. A very large assortment at attractive prices. John E. bong, Corning, N.Y.

–George E. Thrall of Griffith Street, a switchman in the upper Central years, had several of his fingers slightly injured yesterday afternoon while uncoupling cards. The injuries while painful, were not serious.

For a more in-depth look at local and regional news of the ear, here is the entire page the two items appeared upon, from The

Evening Leader, Corning, N.Y. | December 16, 1908:

And for a look at national and international news of the day, here is The Front Page of The Evening Leader, Corning, N.Y. |

December 16, 1908:

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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