Donald Angelo Carapella Jr. is the third generation of his family living in Corning. An avid postcard collector with a strong interest in local history, he is also a member of the Corning Painted Post Historical Society.
Corningby Donald Angelo Carapella Jr.
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In the 1830s, when a feeder branch of the Erie Canal linked up with the Cheumung River, Corning first became connected to the rest of the world. By the 1880s, Corning had become a railroad town with trains going in all directions. Industrial growth in the 1890s led to the rise of businesses and factories, such as Corning Glass Works. Because Corning produced so much glass, it became known as the crystal city and grew into a tourist destination. A town with many accomplishments, Corning was once home to a minor-league baseball team and is the birthplace of Margaret Sanger, a birth control activist who founded the American Birth Control League, which became Planned Parenthood. From the 1890s until the 1960s, the growth of the community's businesses, parks, churches, and recreation were captured in postcards, many never published before.
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This book is a great gift for people familiar with the Corning area. We have enjoyed the pictures and the text. It has been a very nice gift to family and friends.
This book was very interesting to read and to see authenic pictures of how Corning got started and progressed. There was a lot of research put in this book from finding and saving the post cards to finding information on Cornings history. Even if you are not from that area and have a interest in history I would recommend this book highly.