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Image: Bee Chasing Children -Trading Card from Partridges Cafe, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - 15 North 3rd Street and 19 South 8th Street
(estimate circa. 1880 to 1900)

Over a century ago, during the Victorian era, one of the favorite pastimes was collecting small, illustrated advertising cards that we now call trade cards. These trade cards evolved from cards of the late 1700s used by tradesmen to advertise their services. Although examples from the early 1800s exist, it was not until the spread of color lithography in the 1870s that trade cards became plentiful.

By the 1880s, trade cards had become a major way of advertising America's products and services, and a trip to the store usually brought back some of these attractive, brightly colored cards to be pasted into a scrapbook.

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John Burns - Gettysburg Veteran and Beekeeper

John Burns Gettysburg Veteran and BeekeeperHappy 4th of July. Thank you to Historical Honeybee Articles - Beekeeping History for this fine, informative article and video on John Burns of Gettysburg (Veteran and Beekeeper). Enjoy!

On July 1, 1863 - the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1, 1863, Beekeeper. John Burns, at 69 years of age took up his flintlock musket and powder horn and walked out to the scene of the fighting that morning. He was wounded, but would suvive to become a national celebrity.

On November 19, 1863 -President Abraham Lincoln, gave one of the best-known speeches in American history. via: Historical Honeybee Articles - Beekeeping History 
(Note: Scroll down through the most recent posts from Historical Honeybee Articles to the July 1, 2016 post to view the video.)

Part I -The Story of Beekeeper John Burns: A Gettysburg Civil War Hero.

Burns was a veteran of the War of 1812, became a 69-year-old civilian combatant with the Union Army at the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. He was wounded, but survived to become a national celebrity. Burns's fame quickly spread when a poem about his exploits was published by Bret Harte in 1864. I put part one to the old English folk song; 'Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier'. The lyrics lament the sacrifices that men and women make in going off to war. The song was popular in America during the Revolutionary war, but it's origins I believe are unknown.

Part II - Civil War by Ken Burns; On This Date in History; at the dedication of the 'Soldiers National Cemetery' in Gettysburg, President Abraham Lincoln, gave one of the best-known speeches in American history.

Music in the video:
"Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier" is an American Revolutionary War version of a traditional Irish song. The lyrics lament the sacrifices that men and women make in going off to war. Men would help by going off to war and women would help by sacrificing men and selling goods to buy military supplies. This folk song was popular throughout the American Revolutionary War. Although we know what it meant its history is very mysterious and unknown.

Listen here:
Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier (With Lyrics)

Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier (Instrumental)

"Ashokan Farewell" is a piece of music composed by Jay Ungar in 1982. It has served as a goodnight or farewell waltz at the annual Ashokan Fiddle & Dance Camps run by Ungar and his wife Molly Mason, who gave the tune its name, at the Ashokan Field Campus of SUNY New Paltz (now the Ashokan Center) in upstate New York. The tune was later used as the title theme of the 1990 PBS television miniseries The Civil War,

Ashokan Farewell

Thank you, again, to Historical Honeybee Articles for this history of our country, our veterans and our beekeepers.


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Happy Birthday George Washington!

George WashingtonBorn on February 11, but celebrated on February 22, 1732, ~ George Washington was a Beekeeper ~Beekeeping Superstition in Appalachia Related to His Birthday. 

Via Historical Honeybee Articles - Beekeeping History 

George Washington was a beekeeper: There are two brief mentions in George Washington’s papers indicating that bees were raised by him at Mount Vernon. 

In 1787 George Washington, then President, had a 'bee house' built on the grounds of Mount Vernon, a replica with three straw skeps was built in 1947. 

Members of the old gum fraternity in the highlands of Appalachia say, "that if you expect your bees to do well, you must always salt them on Washington's Birthday." - Bee-keeper's magazine. October - 1880, page 215

The beekeepers in Appalachia, held the belief that gums must be moved an inch or two on Washington's birthday (February 22), "else calamity will follow" and "the bees will all die." When asked how many gums they have, they don't know, If the visitor proceeds to count, he is stopped immediately, and told "there are about so many" -for to count the colonies and know the exact number would invite calamity; and so common superstition seems to have gotten hold of these splendid highlanders, the purest of the pure descendants of our forefathers.- Gleanings in bee Culture, Volume 44, April - 1916, page 250. and The ABC and XYZ of bee culture Amos Ives Root, Ernest Rob Root, circa. 1917.

Mount Vernon is Abuzz with BeesMount Vernon is Abuzz with Bees! It’s always Mount Vernon’s goal to keep the estate as true to original form as possible. That’s why we jumped at the chance to get our own apiary, where several hives of bees will produce honey, just like in George Washington’s day. http://youtu.be/k5BLQi-MoAg  

"I hope you've enjoyed this little history of our first President of the United States and his honey bees. Now I'm headed out to the apiary to 'salt my bees.'" ~ Bill Lewis, Bill's Bees

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