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Opening of Cardinal Hill Convalescent Home, 1950

On hand to greet new patients at the Crippled Children’s Convalescent Home, soon to be called Cardinal Hill Convalescent Home, on opening day, August 1, 1950, was Micky, a cocker spaniel puppy who will be the mascot for the home. Four of the first 16 children to live at the home included Modina Marcum, left, Barbara Perry, Rose Reed, holding Micky, and Sophie Vires. Also pictured are staff nurse Willa Tussey, standing at left, and Marjorie Tubbs, home administrator. Micky was given to the children by Mrs. James Molloy. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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John Prine at Breedings, 1981

Singer-songwriter John Prine performed at Breeding’s night club in Lexington in September 1981. The popular folk singer-songwriter, now 71, performs tonight at the Master Musicians Festival in Somerset. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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Defying bad luck on Friday the thirteenth, 1949

Defying bad luck on Friday the thirteenth, Mrs. Robert Babbage, standing, Lexington Leader society reporter, looked through a dictionary in the Leader newsroom on Friday April 13, 1949. Other newspaper employees included, Betty Clardy, standing in background, promotion department, Mrs. Robert Mattingly, center, proofreader, Mrs. James L. Pace, at typewriter, a Leader reporter who said she didn’t believe in a Friday the thirteenth curse, but wouldn’t leave the newsroom until the ladder was removed. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Palace of Illusions at Bluegrass Fair, 1980

Tim Deremer beckoned fairgoers to his Palace of Illusions at the Lions Bluegrass Fair in June 1980. Visitors to the Palace of Illusions saw women with various deformities, like Exorcist Woman, who could spin her head 360 degrees, Miss Twisto, who could contort her body inside a box to avoid being stabbed as slats are pushed through, Iron Tongue Girl, who could lift a 30-pound weight with her tongue, or Radium Woman, whose face turned into a skeleton. Money from the show went toward the club’s main civic project, buying eyeglasses for needy children. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Jefferson Street viaduct, 1978

Shown in February 1978, the old Jefferson Street viaduct was deteriorating, with chunks of concrete falling from the structure. The state determined that the viaduct, built in 1920, and it’s link to Manchester Street would be unsafe for any traffic within two years. The state proposed replacing it with a $3 million viaduct which was started in 1979 and finished in September 1980. This area, behind Rupp Arena, is now know as the Cox Street parking lot. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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Riding side-saddle at Jr. League Horse Show, 1946

Sally Robbins, Springfield, Mass., gave a unique performance in the Ladies, Three-Gaited event at the Lexington Junior League Horse Show in July 1946, when she appeared riding side-saddle on Reverie May, owned by Miss Martha Van Hooser of Lexington. The Lexington Junior League held their first horse show on July 22, 1937. After 82 years the annual six-day show draws around 30,000 people and attracts nationally renowned competitors. The Lexington show is the largest outdoor show for the American Saddlebred in the world.  Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Fister children on a bike ride, 1950

A Leader photographer in search of a Spring-time picture came across the Fister children, Ted, 10, Suzanne, 11 and Nick, 12, riding their bicycles near their home on Old Frankfort Pike in April 1950. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Lexington Fourth of July Parade, 1985

Amie Winn was head-over-heels for Lexington’s Fourth of July parade in 1985. Winn, a member of Bluegrass Gymnastics, flipped, jumped and cartwheeled her way down Main and Vine Streets along with a group of her fellow gymnasts. Photo by Bruce Thorson | Staff

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Patriotic Concert, 1997

Joshua McCann, Lexington, sang with the Central Kentucky Youth Chorus on July 3, 1997 under the large American flag hanging from Old Morrison on the Transylvania University campus during the annual Patriotic Music Concert. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Junior High art exhibit, 1950

Four students from two city junior high schools showed the works of art which were among 40 exhibits displayed by the schools in the window of Kentucky Utilities building at Short and Limestone streets starting in April 1950. The students included: Seated, Pat Phelps, Morton Junior High and Sanda Hughes, Lexington Junior; Standing, Jimmy Hall, Morton Junior and Don Cox, Lexington Junior. The annual exhibit included the best work of eight and ninthe grade art pupils at the two Junior high schools. Approximately 40 works were hung. The works were created under the supervision of Miss Christine Brown, art teacher at Lexington Junior High and Miss Theresa Newhoff, art teacher at Morton Junior High. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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