Elmira Photo for September 2013

Cor. Main & Water, 1942

 

Main & Water in Elmira - 1942
 

his is another of Tom Burhyte's great photos. This one shows what it was like in downtown Elmira when there were stores, stores, and more stores. Center Stage is the Gorton Coy Building, once the Gimbel's of the Southern Tier.

Money was tight on the homefront in 1942. Dads were overseas fighting World War II. And moms and kids lined the streets every afternoon on their way to a monthly sojourn of window shopping in Elmira's Downtown. They might enjoy a rare lunch at Iszard's Tea Room or take in a 25 cent movie and watch the newsreels of the War at the Colonial Theater.

Thanks, Tom Burhyte, for allowing us to show your photos here at Elmira Country.

 
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