Local History Photos January 6, 2023

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 13, 2023.

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: Drake Family Photo -Taking A Walk (c. 1900)

Our first photo for this week shows members of the Drake Family taking a walk on a sunny day in Corning, New York – in 1900!

Local History Photo 2: Drake Family Photo Too: Horse, Carriage & Driver in Pine Street (AKA Centerway Square) (c. 1900)

Our second photo for this week was also taken by a member of the Drake Family. The photo is super cool and shows a horse, cart and driver in the unpaved Pine Street Square circa 1900! If you look closely in the background you can see a tree growing in front of the area where the walking bridge is located today.

Local History Photo 3: Drake Family Photo Also: Wintertime Sledding In Corning (1900)

Our third photo is was also taken by a member of the Drake Family in Corning – one hundred and twenty three years ago this week – on January 4, 1900!

Old Newspaper Article of the Week

Wid Tells The Whys and Wherefores of the Movies

An article about popular Hollywood stars of the silent film era!

From The Evening Leader, Corning, N.Y. | January 6, 1926 | Page Four

For a view into other local and regional news, here is the entire page the article of the week appeared upon:

Page Four, Evening Leader, Corning, N.Y. | January 26, 1926

And offering a glance at national and international news, here is:

The Front Page of the Evening Leader on January 6, 1926

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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