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Book reviews: Wind down the summer with these interesting reads

“How To Become a Federal Criminal: An Illustrated Handbook for the Aspiring Offender” by Mike Chase Strange laws reflect strange times. Frankfort once had a statute that made it illegal to carry an ice cream cone in your pocket. I couldn’t imagine why that was necessary, but research revealed it was enacted to deter horse thieves from luring horses away. Today when Congress can’t seem to pass any appropriate legislation, it’s interesting to look back and realize that perhaps former legislators went a bit overboard. With “How to Become a Federal Criminal,” I was hoping to discover obscure federal...

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An early Frankfort email

By Charles H. Bogart At the beginning of the 20th century, the quickest way to communicate with someone in another state was by the penny postcard. In 1873, the first American picture postcard was printed by the Morgan Envelope Factory of Springfield, Massachusetts. The picture postcards had printed on one side of them views of various structures and exhibits of the ongoing Chicago Interstate Industrial Exposition. That year also saw the U.S. Post Office (USPO) put on sale for a pre-stamped one cent Postal Card. Postcards were an inexpensive way to stay in touch with friends and neighbors who had moved away...

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Ticking through time: Capitol floral clock one of few in the world

By McKenna Horsley Harper Smith, a landscaper and gardener for Kentucky’s Capitol, said that working on the Capitol’s floral clock is “back-breaking,” but has its rewards. The floral clock at the Kentucky State Capitol is 34 feet across and is fixated above a small pool of water near the Capitol Annex on Capital Avenue. It’s hour hand is about 15 feet long and the minute hand is about 20 feet long. The clock also has a hidden flower bed behind it. Former Gov. Bert Combs dedicated the clock in 1961 for $50,000. Smith, who has been a landscaper and...

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