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History of the Hanky


The sine die hanky first took the spotlight in the 1920s when the House and Senate Chambers were not within sight lines and leadership were unable to see when their respective gavels came down for session adjournment.

Hundreds still attend the tradition, cheering as the sergeants-at-arms drop the handkerchief in the Rotunda and members return home before the tortuous summer weather descends upon Tallahassee.

Fun fact: the sine die hanky has become so popular that he has more than 600 followers on Twitter. But watch out, he can get cranky when he isn’t allowed to drop on time.

Alix Miller, On 3 Public Relations

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