CORTLAND, N.Y. – This week, we’re going back in time to look at what life was like in downtown Cortland, beginning in the 1890s through the 1950s.
Many thanks to the Cortland County Historical Society, who provided us with the following photos.
Please note that many of the photos we uncovered are undated:
1 – Looking north on Main Street from Clayton Avenue, 1890s
2 – The Homer Band, in which Patsy Conway learned to play, 1891 (Conway went on to teach music at Cornell University and create the Band School at the Ithaca Conservatory of Music)
3 – Main Street looking north from Tompkins
4 – Court Street looking south
5 – Looking north from Court and Main Street
6 – First National Bank of Cortland
7 – Main Street looking south
8 – Main Street
9 – Main Street looking south, 1908 (photo gifted by John Wavle)
10 – Pedestrians watch a zeppelin float over Main Street, Sat., Sept. 21, 1929
11 – Main Street
12 – Orchard Street