Local History Photo of the Week July 20, 2018

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

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Photo 1: Old Time Baseball Team

Our first photo for this week shows a baseball team in what appears to be the early twentieth century.

I think the team might be sitting on the steps of Corning Free Academy – so they might be a C.F.A. baseball team from ages past.

If you recognize anyone in the photo let us know!

Photo 2: Residents At Stop Sign & One Way Street Photo During The Flood (1972)

This photo is, apparently, one that was taken of a trio of people standing near a parking meter and a combo ONE WAY and STOP street sign during the Flood of ’72.

And I say “apparently” , because there is another photo of the same group of people that appeared on the cover of the Star Gazette Souvenir Booklet titled “The Great Flood of ’72 In The Twin Tiers”, which was published on August 1, 1972.  We have a copy of the booklet in our collection and it is worth checking out if you’re interested in the history of the Flood of ’72.

As you can see, the photo in the library’s archive shows three people standing in flood waters near a parking meter and a combo STOP/ONE WAY street sign.

The cover of the Star Gazette Souvenir Booklet seems to have been cropped as it shows only the two people standing closest to the parking meter and street sign – but it is obvious that photo too was taken on the same day and near the same time as the one in our archive.

If you have any flood stories to share, or if you know who any of the people in this vintage flood photo or, or who Jerry Hendy is, please let us know!

Have a great 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 or postcards 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 photos/postcards of local persons, places or things of the past to our local history collection! If you have questions about donating local history items to the library send me an email: reimerl@stls.org

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Local History Photos of the Week May 18, 2018

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

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Photo Group 1: Kids At Play

Photo A shows a group of school age children with pinwheels or bows on sticks – I can’t see which. Their clothing looks like it dates the photo to sometime in the first three decades of the twentieth century. What the occasion was remains a mystery – perhaps they were just having fun playing with pinwheels or bows on sticks!

Photo B shows another group of school children during, approximately, the same era. The children in this photo look like they might be at recess but is that a tuba in the right hand corner of the photo?

If you recognize where the photo was taken or when, not to mention if you recognize someone in the photo, please let us know!

Photo Group 2: Looking Down West Pulteney Street During The Flood of ’72

Photo A in this group features a shot taken during the Flood of 1972, looking eastward from the area where West Pulteney Street in Corning turns into High Street in Painted Post. You can see the old McDonalds at the top right hand corner of the photo.

Photo B in this group features a shot of that same, old, McDonalds from a different vantage point during the flood. If memory serves, that old McDonalds was demolished when they put a new section of highway through that area, and the new, and current McDonalds on that side of the Chemung River, which is located up High Street in Painted Post, was built. But when that happened is a question! If you can answer that question – let us know!

Have a great 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 or postcards 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 photos/postcards of local persons, places or things of the past to our local history collection!

Local History Photos of the Week April 20, 2018

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

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Photo 1: Damaged Building After Floods of 1972:

I was six in 1972. So although I vaguely recall being woken by my on mother on an early morning in June of 72, to go out in front of the house our house on Pine Street, and look at the flood waters flowing down Market Street towards Denison Parkway, I don’t recall what many of the local buildings looked like before the Flood of ’72.

So the building seen in photo 1 looks vaguely familiar to me; however, I can’t recall where I saw it!

If you recognize the building in the foreground, or background, of this photo – let us know!

Photo 2:  Flood Damaged House with Bus In Background:

And here is another photo that I believe was taken during the Flood of”72.

Despite the damage and the danger, at the time to local residents, it is a neat photo with the flood damaged house in the foreground and the bus seen tipped on its side in the background.

Bonus Photo: Bridge Street Service Station After Flood of 1972:

Our bonus photo for this week is of the old Bridge Street Service Station in the aftermath of the Flood of 1972.

What are your memories of the Flood of 1972 and its aftermath?

If you’d like to share them with us, and all the readers of this blog, please do!

You can even come to the library and we’ll video tape your flood stories, share them on this blog and give you a copy to share with all your friends and relatives!

Have a great 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 February 2, 2018

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

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Photo 1: Bridge Street Service Station – Post Flood of ’72

Our first photo for this week is of the Bridge Street Service Station in the aftermath of the Flood of 1972. And as I was 6 years old in 1972, I can’t quite recall if the service station was located where J & T’s Auto Cafe is now, first building on the left if you go over Bridge Street past Wegmans, or if the station was further down the street.

If you recall where the Bridge Street Service Station was and/or have any stories about it, or things that went on during or just after the Floods of ’72 let us know!

Photo 2: Large Gothic Mystery Building

Our second photo for this week is another photo taken of  a photo – we have a number of those in our local history archive. And just who took the photos of the photos remains a mystery!

The photo shows a large Gothic looking building that seems vaguely familiar to me but I can’t quite place it.

If you recognize where the building was/is located –  let us know!

Have a great 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 17, 2017

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

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1. Grove Springs Hotel Landing:

This photo, of a 1904 era postcard, is of the Grove Springs Hotel Landing on Keuka Lake. I don’t know when the hotel closed down but I did find an excellent article on the hotel in a back issue of the Crooked Lake News – here’s a link to the article:

http://www.crookedlakereview.com/articles/1_33/16july1989/16treichler.html

And if you know what happened to the Grove Springs Hotel let us know!

Photo 2. Snowy Scene on New York State Route 225:

This photo appears to have been taken in the 1930s or 1940s somewhere on New York State Route 225. The precise location remains a mystery but if we find it – we can see if the speed limit there is still 15 MPH!

Photo 3: A Flood Era Photo of the Corning Museum of Glass: 

Here’s a photo of the Corning Museum of Glass during the Flood of 1972. And even though most of us who live in the Corning area recognize where this photo was taken — it is still neat to take a look at flood era photo to see how far we’ve come in the last 45 years!

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, May 13, 2017

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

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Photo 1: Park Church 

Our first photo is of The Park Church in Elmira, N.Y. The date the photo was taken is unknown.

Photo 2: Corning City Hall or Fire Department?

Our second photo for this week is of the building that now houses The Rockwell Museum. Previously, the building, located on the corner of Denison Parkway East and Cedar Streets in Corning, housed the city fire department and at one time, the city hall. The date this photo was taken remains a mystery. However, you can see railroad tracks in the foreground so I’m guessing the photo was taken when Denison Parkway was still Erie Avenue and a city train route.

Photo 3: Flood of 72′ on Route 328

I vaguely remember The Flood of ’72; but as I was six years old at the time I don’t remember the local pre-flood landscape well. I do not recognize where this photo was taken. A little online research tells me that New York State Route 328 runs south from Southport, near Elmira, NY., towards Pennsylvania but as far as where the Shaworma and the Super Duper in the photo were located I haven’t a clue! If you recognize where this photo was taken let us know!

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

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 Mystery Photos December 17, 2015

Hi everyone, here is a new batch of Local History Mystery Photos!

As usual if you click on the individual photos you get a larger view.

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Local History Mystery Photo 1:

Well this one really isn’t a mystery! Unless of course, someone wants to take a stab at identifying the man in the photo… This is a photo of the McDonalds that use to be in Riverside somewhere near the old Tasty Freeze. I’m thinking it was located somewhere near where the entrance ramp to the highway is across from Auto Zone but as I was 6 in 1972 I might be off a bit! The picture was taken just after the famous Flood of 1972.

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Local History Mystery Photo 2:

This photo was taken during the Food of 1972 and the mystery might be how was it taken? It appears the photographer was in a boat floating by the Glass Works buildings. And this photo also appears to be a photo taken of another photo — so the second mystery question might be who has the original photo?

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Local History Mystery Photo 3: 

This photo appears to be of the Chemung River looking eastward from the region that is past Wegmans and parallel  to Sunset Drive — towards what I believe is the Bridge Street Bridge in the background with parts of the old railway bridge in the foreground.

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Local History Mystery Photo 4: 

This is another photo in the library archive that appears to be a photo of another photo so it is a bit crooked because that is the way the photo in the archive looks; however, this is a neat photo of the Corning of the past! The photo is of one of those old postcards and is labeled with the description “Junction of Pulteney and Bridge Streets, Corning, N.Y.

And I know where Bridge and Pulteney Streets are of course! However, that large building in the foreground — not a clue!

So our mystery questions regarding this photo are 1: Does anyone know anything about the large building in the foreground – perhaps what business were housed in it? And 2. Does anyone have any idea of what year the photo was taken?

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Local History Mystery Photo 5: 

And this one is another photo in the archive that is actually a photo of a photo; however, I think it is cool so I’m going to include it! This one is of the St. Mary’s Church what I assume if formally called the Rectory located on Corning’s Southside. And our mystery question is what year was this photo taken? The car, which you can just see located in the bottom right hand corner of the pictures looks like an early 20th Century car — so if someone knows their cars — they might venture a solid guess!

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Local History Mystery Photo 6:

This photo is of old School 3, located on Chemung Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets in Corning and which has since been transformed from a school into apartments. And our local history mystery question is what year do you think the photo was taken?

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Local History Mystery Photo 7:

And our final Local History Mystery Photo for this month is of another parade. The paraders look like a formal group don’t they? So our local history mystery questions for this photo are 1. When was this photo taken and 2. Where was this photo taken? The description in the archive only says “Parade, Corning.”

Have a great holiday season!

Linda, SSCL