Local History Photos of the Week May 18, 2018

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

(Click on the photos for a larger view)

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 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 – Friday, October 21, 2016

Hi everyone, happy Friday!

Here are our local history photos of the week!

Photo 1: “Bird’s-eye of North Side, Corning, N.Y.”


This photo appears to be one of a postcard and it features the title “Bird’s-eye of North Side, Corning, N.Y. showing W. Pulteney St. and New North Side High School.

The year the photo was taken is a mystery but it is a neat view!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Linda, SSCl

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