Local History Photos of the Week April 27, 2018

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the week!

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Photo 1: First Congregational Church

Photo 1 shows a postcard of the old First Congregational Church of Corning. And it features a neat notation on the bottom of the photo –  “Where I went to church.” Who wrote the notation and sent the postcard, not to mention who received it – are mysteries.

However, where the old church was located is not! According to the website for the First Congregational Church of Corning, the church seen in the photo was in existence from 1890 to 1961 and was located on the corner of Bridge and Ontario Streets in Corning.

The new and modern First Congregational Church building, built in 1961, is located on Pulteney Street and is still in use today.

Photo 2: Original 200″ Disc Display 

The original 200″ glass disc, made by Corning Glass Works for the Palomar Mountain Observatory in California in the 1930s, suffered damage due to a break in the molding while the disc was being poured. The glass makers poured a second disc that was completed in perfect condition. The second disc went to the Palomar Observatory. And the original disc has been on display in Corning in the years since then.

Today the glass disc can be viewed in the Corning Museum of Glass but for a number of years after the disc was first made it was housed in a special building in the area that now encompasses Centerway Square. The clock tower in the background stood sentry then and still does today.

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

References:

Church History. First Congregational Church. Online. Accessed April 27, 2018. http://www.corningucc.org/welcome/church-history/?view=mobile

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!

And…

And if you find any old photos of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

We’re happy to add new photos to our Photo Archive!

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Local History Photos January 12, 2018

                Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the week!

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Photo 1: Corning Glass Works Postcard

Our first photo for this week is another photo of an old time postcard; this one is of the old Corning Glass Works Factory. The photo was taken before my time. However, I think the building seen in the distance might just be the old office building that was located somewhere near Centerway Square before it was torn down to make way for the current modern Corning Headquarters building.

If you have stories or memories you’d like to share about working at Corning Glass in the olden days – please do!

Photo 2: Students In Shop Class?

Our second photo for this week seems to have been taken in the 1960s or 1970s.

I’m guessing that the kids are students learning how to use a piece of equipment in shop class. However, I don’t recognize the equipment the teacher/instructor is working with…

We might just be in luck in finding out more about what is going on in the photo and who the people in the photo were, or are as the case may be, as in looking at the hair styles and clothing it is apparently the photo was taken relatively recently – I’m going to guess in the 1970s.

So if you recognize the people in the photo and/or know what type of  equipment the students are learning about – let us know!

Have a good weekend!

Linda, SSCL

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!

And…

And if you find any old photos of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

We’re happy to add new photos to our Photo Archive!

Local History Photos November 24, 2017

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the week!

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Photo 1: Dinning Room With Mural 

Our first photo for this week shows a long table set up for format dinning; in a room with traditional drapes and a mural painted on the wall in the background. I’m guessing perhaps this photo is of a business dinning room that was once located in our region. If you recognize where the photo was taken – let us know!

Photo 2: A Really Big Tree!

Photo 2 reminds us our region was once a hub of logging activity! I do wonder where trees that were that big and old grew around here…

Photo 3: Old Postcard of Corning Glass Works

And our final photo for this week is of an old postcard of the Corning Glass Works complex – the complex that used to be in the area where Corning’s headquarters building is today. What a neat postcard!

Have a great day,

Linda, SSCL

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!

And…

And if you find any old photos of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library! We’re happy to add new photos to our Photo Archive!

 

Local History Photos October 5, 2017

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the week for last week! That is right, this is the posting that should have gone up on September 29!

The posting for this week will be up tomorrow morning!

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Photo 1 Saint Mary’s Church:

This one is a neat photo of Saint Mary’s Church; and looking at the car I’d guess it was taken sometime in the 1930s.

Photo 2 Market Street Parade:

Photo 2 is of a parade on Market Street perhaps in the 1950s…

Photo 3 Postcard of Corning Glass Works

Photo 3 is a photo of a postcard of the old Corning Glass Works — date unknown.

If you know, let us know!

We have the photo of the post card but not the post card itself which might have had that info on the back side.

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

Library Local History/Creation Station Resources:

Here’s your weekly reminder that 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!

And…

And if you find any old photos of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library! We’re happy to add new photos to our Photo Archive!

 

Local History Photo: Friday, April 21, 2017

Hi everyone, here are our local history photos of the week!

And as we skipped a week between postings — this week I’m offering four photos instead of three!

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Photo 1: Graduating Class

Photo 1 appears to be of a graduating class. However, who the students are, which school the group graduated from, and which school they graduated from remain mysteries.

Photo 2: Serious Woman with Glasses

Our second photo for this week is of a serious young woman wearing glasses. In looking at her clothes, I would guess this photo was taken sometime in the first quarter of the 20th Century — and I wonder if the dress might be a wedding dress? Who the women is remains a mystery. It is a great photo though! She looks like she’s pondering philosophical questions!

Photo 3: Flooded Office

The record for this photo indicates the flooded office was in one of the local Corning Glass buildings but which one and when remain a mystery. The flood might have been the 35′ Flood or the ’72 Flood…

Library Local History/Creation Station Resources:
Don’t forget 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 or calendar for 2017!

And here’s your weekly reminder that 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!

And…

If you find any old photos of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library! We’re happy to add new photos to our Local History Photo Archive.

Local History Photo: Friday, December 30, 2016

Here’s our local history photo of the week!

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The record for this photo states

“The Old N. Y. Central Station in immediate foreground. Corning Glass Works in rear.”

And this photo appears to be of a post card as you can see it is titled “Corning, N.Y. the Crystal City” at the top of the and “Corning Glass Works” at the bottom.

Railroads were obviously a huge part of life in the Corning area in the past.

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

Local History Photo: Friday, December 2, 2016

Happy Friday everyone!

Here is our local history photo of the week.

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The record for this photo states:

Subject: “Glass Disk”

Location: “Corning Glass Center Corning”

The disk in the photo is the original 200″ reflecting telescope disk made for George Ellery Hale in 1934.

The disk was to be installed at the Palomar Observatory in California. And this disk, the first one they created, is imperfect due to the mold cracking as the glass was being poured to create the disk.

So the original disc, seen in the photo is, as it has been for many years, on display at the Corning Museum of Glass.

The second disk they poured did, indeed, go on to be used by the Palomar Observatory — where it is still being used today.

And if you’d like to know more about the disk on display at CMOG and its successor disk that went to the Palomar Observatory – here’s a link to a page on The Corning Museum of Glass website titled “MIRROR TO DISCOVERY: THE 200-INCH DISK AND THE HALE REFLECTING TELESCOPE AT PALOMAR” — where you’ll find more information:

http://www.cmog.org/collection/exhibitions/mirror-to-discovery

And stepping away from the disk discussion for a moment — here’s is an actual local history mystery question!

Does anyone know the identity of the two people seen standing next to the disc in the photo?

Our record doesn’t have that information listed…

Have a great weekend!
Linda, SSCL