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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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Learn-to-swim class at Joyland Pool, 1961

In the summer of 1961 a record number of girls won beginners’ swim buttons in the Herald-Leader’s Free Learn-To-Swim course at Joyland Pool. Awards were won by 226 of the 705 girls enrolled. The number learning to swim topped all previous 11 years’ records for girls or boys. This group of 9-year-olds won swim buttons and included: Front row, left to right, Assistant instructor, Mrs. Estill Lyons, Constance Cannon, Diana Vice, Debra Gayle York, Lynne Catlett, Diane Sloan, Devonda Ramsey, Jolene Crouch and assistant instructor Helen Mangione; Second row, Rosemary Cleveland, Sandra Hill, Linda Sue Cox, Karen Holbrook, Frances J. Ches, Deborah Arnold, Susan Garrison, and Libby Raisor; Back row, Nancy Jo Stephenson, Cynthia and Pamela Feck, Rebecca Miles, Lynda Euster, Shirley Hall, Donna Dailey and Diana Wilson. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Miss Kentucky, 1961

Miss Lee Willis Grigsby, Miss Louisville, seated, was crowned Miss Kentucky of 1961 by the retiring Miss Kentucky, Miss Alice Chumbley on June 3, 1961 at Transylvania College’s McAlister Auditorium. The naming of the 18-year-old, soon-to-be University of Louisville freshman, climaxed a three-day pageant sponsored by the Lexington Junior Chamber of Commerce. Pamela Farris Brown, Miss Lexington was the runner-up. In third place was Linda Elizabeth Woodall, Miss University of Kentucky. Sylvia Sue Osborne, Miss Transylvania, took fourth place. This year’s Miss Kentucky Pageant concludes with the crowning of the 2018 Miss Kentucky tonight at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Meyer and Hinkle store construction, 1950

Spectators watched the excavation at Main and Walnut streets for the new Meyer and Hinkle store building in April 1950. The women’s speciality store was moving from the Phoenix hotel annex, which was to be razed as part of the hotel’s building plans, for approximately 25 years. The business was organized as a corporation in 1921 by Edward M. Meyer and Ed Hinkle. Hinkle’s interests were purchased in 1933 by Meyer and the store became a family partnership. Construction of the $100,000 building at Main and Walnut was to be completed by September 1. The one-story structure was to be 45 feet wide and 120 feet long with an exterior of limestone, granite and brick. The entrance was to be on Main Street. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Mail Pouch tobacco barn, 1994

Sherry Holbrook used a gas-powered string trimmer against a backdrop of an old tobacco barn painted with a Mail Pouch Tobacco advertisement on her family’s farm in Floyd County June 29, 1994. The barn was painted with the Mail Pouch Tobacco signage about 35 years before. The barn sat on Ky 114 between Salyersville and Prestonsburg. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Record flooding in Paintsville, 1984

Steve Evans and Greg Hence paddled past the Superamerica store where Evans is the manager in Paintsville May 8, 1984. Rivers and streams swollen by torrential rains left their banks across much of Kentucky on May 7, leaving at least three people dead and one missing. Large numbers were left homeless in the state’s worst flood in at least six years. Photo by David Cooper

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Subtle General Store, 1984

Jerry Gibson bought some snacks from Bessie Janes, known as “Mrs Bessie” in January 1984 in the Subtle General Store in Metcalfe County. The general store, in Subtle, Ky., was on Ky 496 between Edmonton and Marrowbone and had been in the Janes family since it was established by Frances Janes in 1905. Mrs Bessie, 80, was the fifth Janes to operate the store. As reporter Jim Warren put it, “besides being the proprietor, she was also the community’s resident librarian, matriarch, chief conversationalist and newspaper correspondent. Photo by Steve R. Nickerson | Staff

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Tennessee men arrested for liquor theft, 1949

County police officers Frank Dillion, left, and Walter Franklin, right, shown with Burton Laughters, second from left, and James Harkelroad, both of Kingsport, Tenn. in June 1949, who were arrested in Lancaster in a truck loaded with more than $5,800 worth of liquor stolen from the United Wholesale Liquor Company warehouse on North Broadway extended. Some 77 cases of liquor was recovered. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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State Police magician Lee Allen Estes, 1951

Lieutenant Lee Allen Estes, safety magician for the Kentucky State Police Department, and Mrs. Estes were photographed in their home on Lafayette Drive in February 1951. The Estes’ decorated their basement walls with over 1,000 photographs of the great and near-great of the magician and theatrical world, all personally autographed. Above the couch is a large photo of Estes with his Super Safety Patrolman, Willie and Kenny Talk. A full-time magician, he performed daily before Kentucky’s school children, teaching them safety rules though the medium of magic. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Farmer’s Market on Vine St., 1990

J.T. Kriegel of Georgetown bagged new potatoes as customers began arriving at Lexington’s Farmer’s Market downtown on Vine Street on Saturday morning August 25, 1990. The market began in the early 1970’s, with the first location on the present Civic Center site in 1973. They then moved to a vacant lot on West Main Street across from Newtown Pike in 1974. The Broadway and Maxwell site was used in 1979 and in June 1980 they opened on the north side of Vine Street between Vine and Upper Streets, where it remained until moving to their current location in Cheapside Park in 2009, with the addition of the 5/3 Bank Pavilion in 2010. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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