Throwback Thursday: 12 old photos of life in downtown Cortland

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

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)

Homer  Band in which Patsy Conway learned to play, 1891 (Patsy is not in this picture)


3 – Main Street looking north from Tompkins

Main Street Looking north from Tompkins


4 – Court Street looking south

G.H. Wiltsey (donated by Linda Kline)

 

 

5 – Looking north from Court and Main Street

Looking north from Court and Main street, Cortland


6 – First National Bank of Cortland

First National Bank


7 – Main Street looking south

Main Street Looking South (993.273)


8 – Main Street

Main Street Cortland, 987.139.48, 989.159.11 112


9 – Main Street looking south, 1908 (photo gifted by John Wavle)

Main Street, 1908, gift of John Wavle


10 – Pedestrians watch a zeppelin float over Main Street, Sat., Sept. 21, 1929

US Los Angeles 1st zip war floating over Cortland Sat. Sept. 21, 1929

 

11 – Main Street

Greene's studi, Main Street, Cortland


12 – Orchard Street

Orchard Street

 


 

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