Look what I found - an ancient American Bee Journal
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    Default Look what I found - an ancient American Bee Journal

    Came across this old magazine while sorting through my great-grandmothers old house. Quite a find! Back when average price for a 3-lb package of bees was around $4.50, and mated queens cost $1.60 each. Of all the ads (there are a LOT), I believe I came across just a handful of companies that are still in business.

    May 1959 American Bee Journal
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    Inside:
    Swing to Sideline - A Bee Display On A Trailer - The Editor
    What To Do About Swarming - Mykola Haydak
    Social Bees And Social Security - Harry Starnes
    Queen Introduction - Julius Lysne
    Company Overview - Little Brown Jug Honey - Tony Jack Wells
    Build Your Own Viewer Participation Quiz Exhibit For Fairs And Meetings - J.D. Haynie, Milledge Murphy,Jr, & A.M. Pettis
    Lowering Honey Costs - Roscoe Johnson
    What You Can Do With A Few Colonies - John Phillips
    The Color Of Honey - Richard Taylor
    Utilizing Drifting In Beekeeping - Carl Teasley
    The Bulldozers Are Coming - Kenneth Farmer
    The Beginner And His Bees - W.W. Clarke Jr.
    Industry: American Honey At International Food Fair - Robert Banker
    Granulated Insecticides For Alfalfa Weevil Control - R.J. Walstrom
    Honeycomb Cappings - Charles Mraz
    From The Honey Plant Gardens - Melvin Pellett
    Let's Get Together - Announcements for Meetings, Conferences, Etc.
    The Market Place
    Crop And Market - M.G. Dadant

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    Default Re: Look what I found - an ancient American Bee Journal

    hay--its not that old! that's about when I got my first bees. lol

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    I got my grandfathers copy of ABC and XYZ AI root bee library book the other day , pretty cool he signed along with my dad . Its dated 1940 , brings back memories of him and me going to get swarms in his 56 Buick , we were driving home and I looked over at him and noticed 3 or 4 stingers on the back of his hands , seemed like he didn't even realize they were there , he brushed them off without a thought .He still had bee's into his 80's and as many as 60 hives at one time , we had alot of fun extracting honey in his basement with me eating the cappings and cranking the small extractor while he ran his big 72 framer , I was maybe 10 yrs. old at the time ,wish I would have been older so I could have learned more from him .
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    "wish I would have been older so I could learned more from him."

    He taught you what mattered.
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    nice find, I was hoping to see that one of the articles was written by sqkcrk, but he must have been using his alias.
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    Yeah he taught me how good the cappings are !!! yum .

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    That is pretty cool! I like old stuff!
    Splitting a first year hive successfully https://youtu.be/ZfRTreQ-S9c

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    I agree, that's pretty cool
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    Default Re: Look what I found - an ancient American Bee Journal

    4.50 in 1956 is almost $40 in 2015. 1.50 in 1956 is $13 in 2015

    so if queens are $20-25 thats at least "close" to inflation. the $125 i payed for 3lb package this year on the other hand....

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    Quote Originally Posted by schmism View Post
    the $125 i payed for 3lb package this year on the other hand....
    The better question is why are you still buying packages?

    Neat find, OP. I got all of my grandpa's old bee magazines last year shortly before my grandma passed away about a year ago. Also all of his old pigeon stuff. Including a bunch of letters he got from other pigeon people during the 70s when he was raising them actively.

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    I had a 1920 copy of Dr. Charles C. Miller's Fifty Years Among the Bees. It was stolen at the first bee club meeting I went to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildbranch2007 View Post
    nice find, I was hoping to see that one of the articles was written by sqkcrk, but he must have been using his alias.
    ...when he was using the name 'McCloud'?
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    I think those titles would be appropriate today. The more things change the more they stay the same.

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    OOps, I thought that was 1859. My bad. Just dug out the Aug. 10th, 1893 ABJ. When i get time this winter I will have to catalog the family bee books.

    Roland Diehnelt
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    Our family has continuously subscribed to the ABJ since at least the late 40's but they have almost all found their way to the garbage can through the years. Whoda figured.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

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    Westernbeekeeper: I bought 10 queens from you a couple of years back.

    Laketrout: As a boy in the late 40's my job was to hand crank my father's four frame extractor, which I still have and use occasionally although I do have some newer toys. My dad gave me my first hive about then too. Grew up just down the road from you in State College, Pa.

    jwcarlson: At the 1953 boy scout jamboree I won a pair of racing pigeons so I got started into that hobby like your grandfather. And FYI, I am going into winter with four NUC's. Why buy?

    Regards,
    Steve

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    Default Re: Look what I found - an ancient American Bee Journal

    I may have you beeks beat in the ancient literature "contest"; for anyone who would like a PDF of how keep bees in the USA in 1829, just email me at "[email protected]". The text was scanned from a how-to-do-anything at the time but the beekeeping section is quite thorough. At that time honey was collected in inverted jars on the top of the hive, much like the novelty jars seen at county fairs; hives were not destroyed as would be expected.

    Give me a few days before I send out the PDF; I prefer to do it in a mass mailing if possible.

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