Local History Photos December 23, 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 30, 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: Corning Glass Works Complex (circa early 20th Century)

Our first photo for this week is of a postcard showing the old Corning Glass Works factory complex on the south side of the Chemung River.

If you look closely at the bottom of the photo, which unfortunately was cut off when the photographer took the photo, you can see a date 1/4/06 – meaning, of course, January 4, 1906 – so we can estimate that this is what the Corning Glass Works complex looked like at the dawn of the twentieth century.

Local History Photo 2: Post Flood Cleanup in Corning (1972)

Our second photo for this week offers us a view of the clean up efforts after the Flood of 1972. Mud was a real issue!

The location the photo was taken, other than that it was taken in Corning itself, is a mystery.

Local History Photo 3: Baron Steuben Hotel (1956)

Our final photo for this week shows the dining room at the Baron Steuben Hotel in Corning ready to receive guests in 1956!

Old Newspaper Article of the Week

The Old Evening Leader Building & Subscription Price

From The Evening Leader, Corning, N.Y. | December 23, 1916 | Page Two

In 1916 The Evening Leader offices and publication hub were housed in a building located on the corner of Erie Avenue (later Denison Parkway) and Walnut Street in Corning.

I thought the illustration of the building was neat and also the subscription information – two cents per day, ten cents per week, forty-five cents per month and five dollars per year; to have the paper delivered to your house!

For a look at additional local and regional news of the day, here is Page Two in its entirety:

And for a glimpse of national and international news of 1916, here is:

The Front Page of The Evening Leader, December 16, 1916:

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

*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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