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This from February 1951...  

That's exactly what I paid for my first queen, right after the new money came in, I bought a queen from Whites for $0.75.   This was funded from my pocket money, $0.20 a week. In my childish

That one is on guard duty. The one on the roof has to be a drone, all the girls are out working

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I like the truck with the crank handle in place. And the implications of standing on two boxes to do an inspection - one of them on end!  And notice it is only one 'son' at this stage in the business - Ian Berry.  @john berry - is that intended to be Percy?  I don't remember him with a pipe, but mostly knew him from bee meetings over the years - maybe he smoked a pipe when he was younger?

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2 hours ago, NickWallingford said:

Percy Berry and the other Hawkes Bay beekeepers of the late 1940s and 1950s faced the first of the really bad pesticide damage to their hives. Orchardists sprayed quite indiscriminately and there were large bee losses for the first time on such a scale.

I grew up on an orchard and I remember dad getting  hives in to pollinate in the 60s and being very careful about spraying

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When that ad was made I wasn't even a twinkle in my father's eye .

I don't remember granddad ever smoking and my father Ian certainly didn't. I certainly remember the descending fug of tobacco smoke at the beekeepers meetings (or any other meeting for that matter) in the good old days.

One of my first jobs as a lad was raising queens but they were for Canada rather than the local market.

I haven't seen that ad before. Nick is there any chance you could send me an email copy. Thanks.

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Inside are the nice ,quiet and productive Italian bees from Arataki.

Outside are robbers and wastrels (probably AMM/carniolan hybrids).

I have to say that eight shillings per queen seems a bit steep.

You would have had to have sold close to 200 lb of manuka to pay for that (3p per lb - 1 p per lb seals levie).

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On 24/09/2020 at 11:54 AM, Alastair said:

That's exactly what I paid for my first queen, right after the new money came in, I bought a queen from Whites for $0.75.

 

This was funded from my pocket money, $0.20 a week. In my childish ignorance I had only put a 4 cent stamp on the envelope when an 8 cent one was needed, so instead of the queen I got an indignant letter from Whites saying they had been required to pay the extra postage and they now wanted that, the cost of sending the letter to me, and of course I had to pay for a second lot of postage to send that to them ?.

 

Anyhow in due course after that my queen arrived, caused quite a stir at the post office they rang us and said live bees had arrived can we come a get them urgently!!

 

VERY important day for me, I spent ages looking at the beautiful golden girl that arrived plus showing it to everyone else who I could get to have a look. I split my extremely vicious hive of black AMM's and successfully requeend the queenless half.  Couple of months later the bees in the hive had turned a beautiful yellow, and I was captivated by their quiet behaviour when I opened the hive, up to then evey hive opening had been a stingfest and I had to fully suit up first. I became a convert to yellow bees and have been since.

Didn't you try Carniolans?

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