Local History Photos June 16, 2017

Hi everyone, as I’m now sharing multiple photos of our region in the olden days, I’ve changed the title of this series of postings to “Local History Photos.” And remember, if you have, or find, any photos of the people, places or events that occurred in the region in days past that you don’t know what to do with; you can donate them to the library and assist us in improving our Local History Photo Archive!

And now, on to the photos of the week!

(Click on the photos for a larger view)

Photo 1: Somber Officer

We have no idea who this somber officer is! I’m a librarian and not, of course, an expert in which military uniforms come from which era but I’m thinking, perhaps, he’s wearing a World War I era navy dress uniform? If you know who he is or what era his uniform comes from please let us know.

Photo 2: Mystery Man With Glass

Our second photo for this week actually consists of one photo and part of a second photo. And we’re going to ignore the part at the very right after the line and focus on the full photo which shows an unidentified man in what looks like a glass shop. I’m wondering if this might be a photo of the Corning Museum of Glass after the Flood of ’72? If you know where the photo was taken and/or who the mystery man is — let us know!

Photo  3: Moving One Of The Indian Statues In Painted Post

Our third photo of the week was obviously taken in Painted Post, and I’m guessing from the cars and the patriotic banners that they the men are installing the new Indian statue, the one that the late Norman Phelps designed, that was installed on Memorial Day 1950 — although the archival card for this photo doesn’t have a date.

In relation, Audrey Phelps, the wife of the the art teacher Norman Phelps who designed the new Indian statue, also known as the Indian Monument, wrote a neat article on the history of the Indian statues in Painted Post, for the Crooked Lake Review – which you can access via the following link: https://goo.gl/XM9QeB

I also discovered while doing research for this posting that the Crooked Lake Review, which offers tantalizing tidbits of local history is now available in blog form. Here’s the link to the site: http://crookedlakereview.blogspot.com/

Have a great day!

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!


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 2, 2016

Happy Friday everyone!

Here is our local history photo of the week.


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:


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