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Did you know that 50% of the milk bottles produced in the US were once made right down the road from Corning, NY? Thatcher Glass, which operated in Elmira, NY, from 1905 until 1985, made milk bottles that kept milk sanitary during home delivery. The Rakow Library and the Chemung County Historical Society have partnered to digitize and make accessible the company’s archives, including design drawings, correspondence, and business records. This project is supported in part by the Southeast Steuben County Library.

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Elmira Ny ~ Alexander Eustace House ~ Historical House by Onasill ~ Bill Badzo
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The Alexander Eustace house was built in 1886 for lawyer Alexander Eustace, who served several positions in Chemung County, such as the Chemung County clerk, served as a member of the state Civil Service Commission, and was also the head of the state tax departmen

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Soooo I don’t think I’ve mentioned yet on tumblr that I just left HBO to go be the new Art Director at @camposantoblog! More on that later (it goes without saying that I am very excited about it), but in the interim between the two gigs I’ve been off on a spontaneous road trip exploring/sketching a bunch of ghost towns and other cool stuff in California/Nevada.

I ended up hitting a total of nine ghost town/mine/ranch sites, and so this is Part 1 of my sketch drop – Bodie and Chemung Mine.

Canada Goose 
Branta canadensis

The Canadas that spent the winter along the Chemung River are always much more skeptical of me than the Canadas at the small pond. I’m assuming this is because so many people feed the waterfowl on the pond and the birds at the river receive a lot less human interaction.

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Elmira, New York. The Great Flood of 1902.

At the low point between South Main Street and the Railroad Bridge, water went over the [levee] at 8:00PM. By 9:00PM a great torrent tore down Ferris Street and West Chemung Place.

South Main and Hudson Streets had 8 feet of water.

The next morning “everybody owning a camera had it out and the picture harvest of the flod of 1902 will be immense.”

Men and boys played and rode bicycles in the water 1 foot deep on South Main Street. The crowd cheered. When they fell in the water - people cheered louder. Boating parties were hastily organized and cruises were taking place in all directions. Water was still very deep around Hudson and Partridge Streets. Boats tipped over. People laughed.

Spaulding Street - a great canal. East Hudson Street - 3 feet.

At 7:45AM a large crowd gathered at Water and State Streets to see the “water sights.” They realized that boating in the business district was a novelty and made the best of the opportunity to use it. Camera enthusiasts were out in large numbers…whenever a friend would be met plodding through the knee deep water, the man with the camera would say, “Hold on a minute.” The other looked up and he would be told to go on, for the one with the camera had taken a good photo.


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This dress was worn by Olivia Langdon Clemens, the beloved wife of Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain.

Olivia was an integral part of Clemens’ writing process — she read and reviewed his manuscripts, providing important edits that shaped the stories we read today.   An intellect in her own right, Livy was involved in abolitionist and women’s rights causes, including dress reform (for more, see Laura E. Skandera-Trombley’s Mark Twain in the Company of Women).  Made of purple silk and voided velvet, and held at the Chemung County Historical Society (http://chemung-valley-curator.tumblr.com) in Elmira, NY, the dress portrays Olivia as a lady of style and substance. 

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