Local History Photos of the Week February 17, 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,

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: Corner of Hamilton and Water Streets in Painted Post (1896)

Our first photo for this week shows a portion of Hamilton and Water Streets in Painted Post, in the aftermath of a fire. The photo was taken May 16, 1896.

Local History Photo 2: Rockwell’s Department Store Ad

Our second photo this week is of what appears to be a postcard showing the old Rockwell Co., AKA Rockwell’s Department Store, on Market Street in Corning in 1956.

Local History Photo 3: Riverside Transit Mix, Inc. (1956)

I’m not sure what they did, exactly, at the Riverside Transit Mix company in the 1950s, but the photo sure is cool! I especially like the old fashioned telephone number painted on the business 2-5937!

Old Newspaper Article of the Week: Many Icy Side Walks; Dangerous Situation

Icy side walks abound in our area in winter, even in 1923!

And I selected this short piece as it shows what we might call the folksy, community concerns of the day – ice on the side walks! Ice on side walks is never fun of course, but I bet we’d be hard pressed to find a newspaper article on the subject today.

The article is from Page Seven of the Corning Evening Leader, February 17, 1923

For a glimpse of other local news of the day, here is:

Page Seven, Corning Evening Leader, February 17, 1923

And for a look at national and international news of the day:

The Front Page, The Corning Evening Leader, February 17, 1923

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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